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High-tech marvels at Qingdao impress international visitors

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Published: 13:25, 24 May 2024

High-tech marvels at Qingdao impress international visitors

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China Correspondent: Eight expats from several countries who are living in China recently visited the Qingdao West Coast New Area in Shandong province to explore technological innovation.

The event is hosted by the Publicity Department of the CPC Qingdao West Coast New Area Working Committee, and organized by China's influential media China Daily to gain practical experience.

In a filmmaking studio within the China Movie Metropolis (CMM), Russian visitor Balbashova Victoria found herself immersed in awe as she sat amidst a spherical device. "It's so cool to see such high-tech equipment used for filmmaking!" she exclaimed.

This advanced setup consists of 150 industrial cameras and six high-speed cameras, creating a micron-level facial scanning system. It uses technologies such as artificial intelligence to scan actors' faces and generate hyper-realistic digital models. These digital counterparts can replace real actors in various scenes and push the boundaries of visual storytelling.

This equipment is just one of the many pioneering technologies available on CMM's virtualization production platform, leading to the digitization and virtualization of China's film industry.

According to a guide at CMM, the film production complex, which spans 1.7 million square meters, features 40 filmmaking studios ranging from 1,000 to 10,000 square meters and 32 multifunctional workshops. The guide said the complex stands as a testament to Qingdao WCNA's commitment to providing comprehensive, top-tier services to filmmakers worldwide.

"The future belongs to the latest technologies," said Muhammad Uzair Ali from Pakistan after his visit to CMM. "If the film industry couples with technology change, they can do a wonderful job," he added.

At the Aucma Innovation and Sci-tech exhibition hall, Thales Saque from Brazil was fascinated by a refrigerator that automatically opens with a light knock, a feature that left him intrigued. The exhibition hall also showcased many other smart home innovations, such as refrigerators with touchscreens and smart living room and bedroom furniture controlled by voice commands. "These advanced, high-tech home products truly make life convenient, " said Saque.

Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Qingdao, Aucma is one of China's top 500 manufacturing enterprises. In recent years, Aucma has shifted from being a traditional home appliance company, primarily focused on freezers, to becoming a cold chain IoT enterprise based on full cold chain products. The company currently holds over 2,000 patents across various technological fields, including low-temperature refrigeration, green energy saving, and smart IoT.