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LiquidView Ersatz Windows, ala Philip K. Dick
Are you depressed by your view, or your lack of view, in your office or apartment? Consider LiquidView.
Each View is photographed by National Geographic level cinematographers with feature film motion picture cameras, over a 24 hour period, recording an entire day in stunning 8K video – a first.
To add to the unpredictability of looking out a window, views are augmented with photo realistic content that appears randomly throughout the day. The feature, Unexpected Events, comes with each View and can be turned on or off with a tap of a button, providing custom content matching the lighting for the time of day, adding to the unique patent pending features.
In his 1969 novel Galactic Pot-Healer, Philip K. Dick describes an ersatz window that is cheaper than having an apartment with a real view:
"Home" consisted of a room on a subsurface level of a huge apartment building. Once, the Jiffi-View Company of greater Cleveland came by every six months and created a 3D projection, animated, of a view of Carmel, California. This "view" filled his room's "window," or ersatz window. However, of late, due to his bad financial situation he had given up trying to imagine that he lived on a great hill with a view of the sea and towering redwoods; he had become content - or rather resigned - to face blank, inert black glass.
NOTE! This device required another component to be fully functional; see the entry for psycho-lease encephalic gadget.
Also, you may wish to compare Philip K. Dick's idea to some similar thoughts from other sf authors: see also Robert Heinlein's simulacrum window from Tunnel in the Sky (1955), the sky ceiling from the 1961 novel Return From The Stars by Stanislaw Lem and the window wavelength from the 1969 novel Super-Toys Last All Summer Long by Brian Aldiss.
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