Making its first public appearance at the IFA international consumer electronics fair in Berlin, the Multimedia Dome is the first digital dome theater to feature natural spatial sound: it envelops visitors in fascinating universe of video pictures and sound. Developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Architecture and Software Technology FIRST and the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT, the Multimedia Dome can be admired at the Science and Technology Forum TWF (Berlin, Germany).
In the cinema of the future, instead of being confined to a screen at the front of the theater, the action will unfold on a semicircular surface that wraps itself around the auditorium like a dome, giving the audience the sensation of being completely immersed in the action. The present systems used to screen films or multimedia shows on the curved walls of a planetarium, for instance, still involve a great deal of preparatory work: The videos have to be recomputed for showing at each new venue.
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