Sony Releases First AI-Based Edge Analytics Solution

REA-C1000 - video content in real time

The compact and lightweight REA-C1000 uses its advanced AI-based video analytics technology. Analysed the input, it receives from connected cameras and automatically extract the object in focus to combine it with other images in real time on a GPU (Graphics Processor Unit). This technology uses motion/face detection and colour/shape recognition whereby the REA-C1000 allows education, government and corporate organisations to cost-effectively create professional content that keeps audiences engaged.

Source: Sony

By optimising parameters and processing the images, received from the camera, the REA-C1000 can extract hand-written objects from black and white boards using Sony's moving/unmoving object detection algorithm. This allows audiences to clearly see written content and diagrams, while simultaneously being able to see the gestures and expressions of the presenter. This function of the REA-C1000 is particularly well-suited for lecture theatres or remote learning to keep students engaged, even if they aren't physically in the same room as their teacher. Also, it helps all members of an audience to engage in a live presentation, in a large hall requiring sub monitors.

Based on Sony's motion detection technology, the REA-C1000's chroma key-less function can extract the presenter and overlay them onto any background without the need for a dedicated backscreen or specialist training. 

The REA-C1000 can accurately and smoothly track a presenter, ensuring they constantly stay in frame and in focus throughout their presentation. This is a cost-effective tracking solution in an education, corporate or conference setting, without having to invest in a camera operator.

Image from one camera can be simultaneously shown as two different output images. The users are able to get an overview image in 4K and a cropped image in HD. The cropped area is selectable to be static or dynamic to follow the speaker’s movement.

The REA-C1000 can detect and react to the gestures of audience members, allowing to show both the whole image and zoomed image in real time. When an audience member stands up, the REA-C1000 can trigger the camera to electronically auto-zoom in to that person, which is particularly useful in education environments to measure students’ reaction and in corporate presentation settings such as during a Q&A session.

After an initial 60 day free-of-charge trial period, each feature can be activated permanently through separate licences, providing users with the freedom to customise features based on their individual needs and budget.

Leveraging Sony’s know-how of image quality and their heritage in camera development, the REA-C1000 will support 4K/HD input and output, and will be able to connect directly to Sony’s PTZ cameras, including its range of XDCAM camcorders, which boast outstanding image quality and are widely used within the broadcast industry. Additionally, thanks to its HDMI network connection, the REA-C1000 can be seamlessly integrated into various common AV setups involving either multiple displays, large screen projections with monitors, or even live-streaming projects.

Visitors to ISE 2019 will be able to experience an interactive demonstration of the REA-C1000 on Sony’s stand 1.N20 at RAI Amsterdam.

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