InterDigital, Inc. [NASDAQ: IDCC] Interhaptics, and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have been nominated to contribute their technologies to a new industry standard around haptics. The International Organization for Standardization and International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) MPEG group chose the technologies for an emerging standard around haptic data representation and coding.
The picking of these technologies is a crucial step in the development of industry standards that will influence the haptics market in the future. MPEG released the first Call for Proposals on haptics in June 2021, with the goal of identifying the reference architecture around which future haptics standards should be created, as well as the technologies that would be based on it.
Furthermore, InterDigital’s integration layer and user body coding were chosen for their congruence with traditional and future multimedia standards, as well as their support for future progressions of immersive media. TUM’s wavelet coding technology was chosen for its support of encoding haptics for high-frequency bands. On the other hand, Interhaptics’ encoding architecture was tapped for quality perceptual performances.
In addition, InterDigital, TUM, and Interhaptics intend to work together in the MPEG framework to improve and embed the newly developed reference model into haptics standardization initiatives in the future. Throughout 2022, the three parties have agreed to collaborate to enhance the reference model and finalize haptics requirements.