The ABC’s Digital Network division today made public its research and development (R+D) site to share its work into what media experiences could look and feel like in the future.
Since launching earlier this year the R+D team has investigated areas including virtual and augmented reality, intelligent computing, interfaces that transcend screens, open platform personalised news services, and contexts such as commuting. The R+D site and its reports were previously only available to ABC staff.
ABC digital network director Angela Clark said the ABC’s investigations were being shared to support further discussion around the future of media experiences in Australia.
“The challenges and opportunities presented by digital disruption extend across many sectors so it may be that something from our own experience will benefit others. By sharing our work we hope to stimulate more conversations and support an environment of open collaboration in both the opportunities and challenges that rapid change brings,” Clark said.
The digital network’s head of R+D Alvaro Marquez said the work of R+D was focused on informing, educating and entertaining Australian audiences in future settings.
“Our role is to explore what future experiences might mean for the ABC and to envision new ways to read, watch and listen to content. The materials released today cover a wide range of topics from the rise of natural interfaces, the impact of big data and ubiquitous computing, and Natural Language Processing,” Alvaro Marquez said.