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CrowdOptic broadcasts merged live video feeds

22 Jul 2014  | Julien Happich

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Google named its first Glass at Work certified partners nearly a month ago. Among the partners is CrowdOptic, a company that promises to provide a whole new perspective with its live, crowsourced content for the Glass wearer.

The company has come up with a real-time video sorting and streaming platform capable of gathering multiple Glass video streams from different locations and organise them so as to broadcast them to other wearers wanting a different video perspective of the same event they are watching.

The main task of the cloud-based CrowdOptic platform is to organise the video streams into clusters of video footage with intersecting sightlines (i.e when different wearers look at the same thing but from different locations), so as to make the video footage searchable by geolocation and field of view.

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The platform utilises an Event Management Dashboard, which enables curation of video streams to broadcast the best live footage as well as block out the worst. They can also be manually controlled to track a specific broadcasting device . Source: CrowdOptic

To do so, the CrowdOptic platform relies on the sensor data provided by Glass (or any other sensor-laden video camera or smartphone) such as GPS position, compass orientation, and accelerometer tilt to calculate the line of sight and the sightline distance for each user. This so-called focal data is associated with each media file and verified for legitimacy and accuracy.

Every second, a Cluster Detection Server calculates the intersection points created by the different video streams, running cluster detection routines to group the intersection points, explains the company in its technical brochure.

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Together, the Video Proxy Server and the Cluster Detection Servers in the cloud analyse the quality and perspective of each stream to instantly push the best video streams to the Event Management Dashboard. Source: CrowdOptic

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