Offering collective and participative experiences to real-world and online communities is at the heart of the Future Media Internet (FMI) and forms an essential part of entertainment, collaborative working, education, product and service innovation and advertising.
Communities include hundreds of professionals, tens of thousands at live public events, and millions online. Understanding the complexity and dynamics of such communities and ecosystems is essential for FMI research.HCI & UX Digital Innovation Platforms
EXPERIMEDIA developed and operated a unique facility that offered researchers what they needed for large-scale FMI experiments. Experiments were conducted at testbeds offering live events and real-world communities to accelerate the adoption of the FMI. The testbeds included Schladming Ski Resort, Multi-Sport High Performance Centre of Catalonia, Foundation for the Hellenic World and 3D Innovation Living Lab. Experiments explored new forms of social interaction and rich media experiences incorporating both online and real-world interaction.
Testbed technologies included user-generated and high-quality content management and delivery, a 3D Internet platform and tools for 3D reconstruction from live events, augmented reality platform, tools for integration of social networks, access technologies and a range of network connectivity options. Testbed management services provisioned, controlled and monitored resources by SLAs offering QoS guarantees. A Competence Centre promoted sustainable access to venues for FMI experiments and engagement with the wider community.