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NICT, NHK to be honored with first-ever NAB Technology Innovation Awards

The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) and NHK Science and Technical Research Laboratories are winners of the first-ever NAB Technology Innovation Awards.

This new award recognizes organizations that bring exhibits and demonstrations of significant merit to the NAB Show, presenting advanced research and development projects in communications technologies. The awards will be presented Wednesday, April 22, during the NAB Show Technology Luncheon.

The NAB Show will be the first venue outside Japan where NICT, a Japanese national telecommunications research organization, will demonstrate some of the advanced imaging and sound technologies being developed in its labs. NICT demonstrations will include holographic television, 3-D displays without special glasses, 3-D TV programming being transmitted via broadband from Japan and a multisensory interaction system that explores the human interface to communications media.

NHK Science & Technical Research Laboratories (STRL) is the research and development arm of Japan's public broadcaster NHK. Since its establishment in 1930, NHK Labs has created new broadcasting systems and devices in pursuit of its mission to research and develop next-generation broadcasting systems.

NHK STRL demonstrations at the 2009 NAB Show will include an ultra-HDTV theater, with picture resolution 16 times that of HDTV and 22.2 channels of surround sound, and new technologies that reproduce 3-D in HDTV and mobile DTV services based on Japan's digital broadcasting system, ISDB-T.