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190 Loantaka Way
Madison NJ   07940-1910

Date   October 25, 2001
Contact   Michael Bianchi
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AutoAuditorium Tracking Camera Covers Several People At Once

The AutoAuditoriumTM System Tracking Camera Algorithms have been improved to follow more than one person at a time, automatically. "The technology is still free of targets, controls, and magic colors, but now it understands how to handle additional people on stage," said Foveal Systems owner, Michael Bianchi.  The completely automated video production system creates 3- or 4-camera videos of auditorium talks while avoiding the costs of a production crew. "The system requires no director, no engineers and no camera operators. Making a recording can be as easy as putting a tape into a VCR and pushing one button. All camera motion and video switching is then automatic and performed in real-time."

The improved Tracking Camera Algorithms can also help the system deal with common challenges. "For instance, in many lecture spaces a person arriving late and taking a seat in the front row might be identified by the previous version as the person-of-interest and therefore tracked. That is far less likely to happen in the Version 5 software which is now the standard offering," said Bianchi. "Situations which presented challenges, such as an open door in a classroom or oddly shaped stage, are now much easier to accommodate."

Bianchi elaborated: "The previous algorithms were based on a very simple model of a talk: one person, on a rectangular stage, giving a talk using projected visuals on a single screen. The new capabilities are far more flexible. Thus AutoAuditorium programs involving two or three people, complex stages and a couple of screens look quiet presentable. To my knowledge, no other tracking camera technology has these capabilities."

Foveal Systems, located in Madison, NJ, makes the AutoAuditorium Controller which implements the Tracking Camera and Director subsystems. Those subsystems control several brands of cameras and video mixers. Foveal sells the Controller through audio-visual systems integrators.

Where does the name FOVEAL come from?
The fovea is the most sensitive part of the eye, where we see with the greatest clarity.  
Foveal Systems' products are based on computer vision technology, so . . .  

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