Fri 14 May 13:00-14:00 at YouTube Live

Media Tools Interaction & Immersion

For this talk we are joined by Bronnie McCarthy & Michael Armstrong from BBC Research & Development who will be introducing and showcasing - BBC Makerbox: tools for new forms of media.

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Michael Armstrong

Michael Armstrong works at the interaction between people, stories, media and technology. Their work spans topics from access services, speech audibility, video quality to human perception and the originator of Object-Based Media, an idea formed whilst pioneering computer-based playout in the 1990s at BBC Radio Bristol. Michael’s current research is examining the way media experiences can be built using data-driven techniques enabling media personalisation and natural feeling responsive interaction. This work combines the issues of storytelling and narrative structures, natural forms of agency for the user, the problems of personalisation and the roles that the user can play in an experience along with a healthy dose of data science and python code.

This Lunchtime Talk will be broadcast live on Watershed's YouTube channel.

BBC Makerbox: tools for new forms of media. Create the future of digital content and join the community where the weird and wonderful collide to make new audience experiences. Learn how you can use the BBC’s StoryFormer and Audio Orchestrator tools.

Bronnie McCarty and Michael Armstrong from BBC Research and Development will introduce the BBC's Makerbox portal where it shares tools for the creation of new content forms which have been created as part of its research. Learn how you can join this creative community where imagination can run wild and meet fellow minded makers and creators. What will you make?

They will demonstrate StoryKit, a tool for the creation of interactive and personalised Object Based media which has been used to build "Click 1000", a fully interactive version of BBC News's technology magazine programme Click and " Discover Your Dæmon" an interactive trailer for the first series of His Dark Materials. They will also introduce Audio Orchestrator, a tool for building immersive 360° soundscapes which was used to create "The Vostok-K Incident". It uses everyday devices such as mobile phones so that the experience can adapt to fit any number and many different types of devices - even if this changes during listening.

Join us on Fri 14th May, 13:00-14:00 for the talk and to take part in the discussion afterwards.

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