IP&TV News talks to Spectral Edge MD Christopher Cytera about a game changing innovation for colour-blind TV viewing…
IP&TV News: Hi Christopher. I understand Spectral Edge is now able to offer a breakthrough to colour-blind persons watching TV?
Christopher Cytera: Yes. First some background. Spectral Edge specialises in image processing. We develop imaging processing technology that has a number of different applications. For example you could take an infrared video for a security application, and then a normal video in the normal spectrum, and our software can combine those two.
That’s called a 4-3 fusion because you’ve got RGB, and then the infrared which is four bands, and we’re fusing that into 3, to give you a new video which has got more detail on it than the original one. We call this “Phusion”.
In a normal video that’s already been made, say with a football match, we’ve got a 3 to 2 fusion, so we take the RGB 3 colours and bring them down to 2, because colour blind people are only sensitive to two colours. Then we can add colours in in certain places where they are a bit more sensitive, to give them a new video which is enhanced for them, so that colour-blind people can see better. We have a distinct brand for this which is “Eyeteq”.
Can you give us some examples of where this could be helpful?
Football, rugby – sport is a very good example. Other good examples are nature programmes, where you might have a butterfly on a plant or some undersea multicoloured creature. Or cookery, where you’ve got a nice colourful Greek salad with red tomatoes and green peppers. It’s red and green colour-blind people find hard to distinguish, and we can enhance that. Although they can never see what we see, we can enable colour-blind fans to see better by at least giving them two distinct shades of grey, and in most cases a little colour where there would be none without Eyeteq.
Sounds useful. How do you go about providing this?
What we’d ideally like is to get our software inside a TV. It isn’t an app you can download, it’s got to be integrated into the TV by the OEM, so it would be an option on the menu like subtitles. That’s going to take a long time, realistically; Samsung and LG don’t change their TVs too quickly.
We’ve got an easier approach to market, however, which is going to service providers like Sky, Virgin, and Canal +. These service providers want differentiated services from their competitors, they control the set top boxes that go out to their subscribers, and they customise them. It’s much easier for us to integrate our software onto a set top box than it is a TV! Our approach to market is to basically sell the concept to service providers, to show them they can gain an advantage, then they instruct their set top box suppliers to put Eyeteq in.
Great. Tell us about today’s big announcement?
Well it’s just been announced today that Spectral Edge has successfully integrated its Eyeteq image enhancement technology with STMicroelectronics’ ‘Cannes’ chipset, making it easily available to operators and service providers.
Available now for licence, Spectral Edge will demonstrate its Spectral Edge Eyeteq technology in STMicroelectronics’ private suite at IBC 2015 in Amsterdam between 11-15 September.
A demonstration app for Eyeteq on iOS or Android can be downloaded from here: http://eyeteq.spectraledge.co.uk/try-it.