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NAB Debuts Technology Innovation Awards

WASHINGTON: Creators of cutting-edge TV technology will be recognized at the NAB show this year. The April trade show will feature the inaugural Technology Innovation Awards, and this year’s winners include two Japanese organizations.

National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, a national telecom research concern, will be recognized for its 3D work. NICT will demonstrate holographic TV, glasses-free 3D displays, 3D television programming being transmitted via broadband from Japan and “a multisensory-interaction system that explores human interface to communications media,” the NAB said. It will be the first time NICT has done such demos outside of Japan.

The Science Technical Research Laboratories of Japanese broadcaster NHK will demo its ultra-HDTV theater, a show favorite a couple of years ago. Ultra-HD has 16 times the resolution of HDTV and 22.2 channels of surround sound. STRL will also bring on new technology that reproduces 3D in HDTV and mobile DTV services based on Japan’s ISDB-T digital broadcast standard.

The awards will be Wednesday, April 22 during the NAB Show Technology Luncheon, where the Engineering Achievement Awards will also be presented. Mimi Ito will be the keynote. The show runs April 18-23 in the Las Vegas Convention Center.