Amrita Center for Wireless Networks & Applications (AmritaWNA) has received two new US patents (Patent numbers US 9826196 and US 9852647) for the National Knowledge Network (NKN) - A gateway to the Global Classroom project on 21st November and 26th November, 2017. The team had already received a patent (Patent no: US9386271) from this project on 5th July, 2016. All the three patents are under the title, "System and Method for Synthesizing and Preserving Consistent Relative Neighborhood Position in Multi-Perspective Multi-Point Tele-Immersive Environments".
The inventors of the patents are Dr. P. Venkat Rangan, Vice Chancellor, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham; Balaji Hariharan, Associate Professor, AmritaWNA, Amritapuri; Ramkumar Narayankutty, Project Associate, AmritaWNA; and Uma Gopalakrishnan, Research Associate, AmritaWNA.
This project seeks to architect, design, develop and deploy a cross-functional, multi-media, multi-channel, high definition, interactive, immersive, adaptive classroom experience. This project would create a University without walls and borders, that effectively uses the high bandwidth, low latency worldwide network provided by the NKN to enable students to attend classes of higher education at eminent national and international universities. The remote classroom solutions today do not provide a really immersive environment to captivate and motivate the students. By providing a really interactive and immersive experience, the project would open up a totally new paradigm in remote classrooms and discussion rooms.