And the Oscar goes to…a team of Israeli engineers who developed wireless video technology that has come to be widely used in the global film industry.
The American Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science awarded a Scientific and Engineering Award this week to the team behind Israeli startup Aminon, founded in 2004 by Professor Meir Feder, Dr. Zvi Reznic (Feder’s former student) and Noam Geri. Amimon senior executives Guy Dorman and Ron Yogev were also included in the award.
Amimon designs and manufactures high-definition wireless video modules for real-time video for the medical, broadcasting, and unmanned aerial vehicle markets.
The company’s RF semiconductor video modem technology can be used as a video cable replacement in many situations. It combines the high-quality and low latency of true cable connectivity with the advantages of wireless applications enhanced by multicast and broadcast capabilities.
The Scientific and Engineering Award, given as part of the Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards, is for achievements that “produce a definite influence on the advancement of the motion picture industry,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said. Achievements need not have been developed and introduced during the award year.
Prof. Feder said in an announcement that the prize-winning technology is now used throughout the global film industry.
According to Feder, the technology is able to transmit video shots of very high quality, reliable, and with no delay, from a large number of cameras in real-time to monitors on the set, thereby providing the film’s director the control crew with full control of all shooting angles simultaneously.
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By using novel extensions of digital data transmission and compression algorithms, and data prioritization based on error rate, the Amimon chipset supports the creation of systems with virtually unrestricted camera motion, expanding creative freedom during filming.
Prof. Feder calls the achievement “a proud moment for Tel Aviv University.”
“We developed the basic technology in 2004-2005, when everyone thought that the task was very difficult or even impossible. We knew that it was a real technological achievement, but never imagined we would win the Oscar for it,” Prof. Feder said in a statement sent out by Tel Aviv University where he is part of the Iby and Aladar Fleischman Faculty of Engineering.
The committee that selects the award winners notified the startup a year ago that they had been nominated, but “I thought it was just a gimmick,” Prof. Feder said. He then received an official email from the Academy a month ago, informing the team that they had won the Oscar.
“We were elated. I have won many academic awards, but the Oscar is certainly the most famous, an award that every person knows,” he said, “For me and for the great team who took part in developing the technology this is an enormous achievement and I feel very proud.”
The award will officially be presented at the Scientific & Technical Awards online ceremony on February 13, 2021.