R&D North Lab Open Days
I’m Adrian Woolard the Project Director, North Lab, BBC R&D.
Last week, we were pleased to open the doors of our recently completed Research & Development Lab in Dock House, MediaCity:UK to a wide variety of visitors to showcase our work and introduce ourselves to some of our new neighbours who have recently arrived in the North. We have produced a short film which captures some of the energy of the Open Days.
We had well over 150 visitors from the Chairman & members of the BBC Trust, Journalists, Online & Digital SMe’s and BBC Staff from all BBC North departments take a tour of the facility and look at a selection of the work within our workplan.
Brilliant demo at BBC R&D - the toy Dalek moves in concert with the telly one pic.twitter.com/593cr1hT
A few of the of the BBC ONLINE external suppliers SMe group tweeted and Ralph Rivera, Director of Future Media referenced the tour:
"The Dalek was my favourite one too ... a $bn idea": @RalphRivera at #BBCOnline Briefing video
#bbconline R&D on bringing television experience to the disabled. Kineaesthetics was really nice.
Really interesting day at media city, loved tour of r&d, going to go read more about universal remote API & think re my screens #bbconline
At the #BBCOnline industry briefing at their new MediaCity HQ. The tour of the R&D department was a geeks' paradise!
Interesting couple of sessions with BBC R&D - these guys take intelligent and crank it to 11. Mind blowing stuff.
However, last week felt like a real launch of the facility by showcasing the reason we exist – the work!
Big thanks to the team for effort on making days a success and on the great engagement from our visitors. For those interested, here is a list of the work that was showcased:
R&D / Innovation in User Experience & Accessibility
- Separate Audio delivery (Commentator / Audio Description Apps on Mobile)
- Accessible Fonts & Universal Control for Assistive Technology - single switch, kineasthetic feedback
R&D on IP end to end from Production to the Connected Home
- Dual Screen & Connected Homes
- Sync API
- Radio DNS / RadioTag
- Future Production Systems (including Portable Production Tool)
- Multimedia Classification
- Social Bookmarks & Snippets utilising Redux
- Carbon Footprint of TV
R&D/ Innovation in Audio
R&D / Innovation in Content Production
Extra points are given for the spotting a Canadian Mountie, the number of Dr Who references in our demos and the 5 R&D Movember ‘taches (please donate at: https://uk.movember.com/mospace/1957686/).