HIPerWall Highly Interactive Parallelized Display Wall

Thought you were happy with that 20" Core Duo iMac display? Well, I am - but I found another display that I kind of liked.


(HIPerWall in perspective)

Dr. Falko Kuester and his team obviously had a much better-sounding capital equipment request than I did that spring of 1983, when I was able to talk University of Michigan hospital into getting me a $10,000 Apple Lisa for my office. The HIPerWall is a massively-tiled, grid-based display using no fewer than fifty 30-inch Apple Cinema Displays, each of which sports 2560x1600 pixel resolution. This works out to a total display resolution of 200 megapixels, with 25 Power Mac G5s pushing video. Here's their justification:

Dr. Falko Kuester, director of the Center of GRAVITY and the principal investigator for the HIPerWall project, and his team wanted to build a large, collaborative visualization platform capable of displaying static images, image sequences in the form of movies and animations, and three-dimensional, time-varying data in real time. They wanted the ability to display a single image across the entire display area as well as to display many different images or media streams simultaneously. Since no single display provided anything close to their 100-plus-megapixel resolution requirement, the team sought a solution with multiple flat panel displays.

Right on. Since I both fear and seek out the technology that will at last make Ray Bradbury's parlor wall displays from his 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451 a reality, I can only wonder if the HIPerWall has a sound system to match:

...with all my knowledge and scepticism, I have never been able to argue with a one-hundred-piece symphony orchestra, full colour, three dimensions, and I being in and part of those incredible parlors...
(Read more about Ray Bradbury's parlor walls)

Found this one on Apple.

Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 4/22/2006)

Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.

| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |

Would you like to contribute a story tip? It's easy:
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add it here.

Comment/Join discussion ( 1 )

Related News Stories - (" Display ")

LG Rollable Version Of Niven's Poster TV
'A television that unrolled like a poster.' - Larry Niven, 1976.

Foldable Galaxy Phones, I Swear They're Coming (Maybe)
Apparently, it is very hard to do. We've been patient, though.

WatchSense Perfect For Fat-Fingered Smartwatch Owners
'Now all you had to do was wave your hand in the general direction of the components...' - Douglas Adams, 1979.

Transparent OLED TV By Panasonic
It's the look of things to come.

 

Google
  Web TechNovelgy.com   

Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for the Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary, the Invention Timeline, or see what's New.

 

 

 

 

 

Current News

A 'Genuine Nanorobotic Production Factory'
'Microscopic machinery, smaller than ants, smaller than pins, working energetically, purposefully - constructing something...'

Neuromorphic Computer Offers Non-von Neumann Architecture
Fires faster than brain at 1/10K energy.

Evorus Your Crowd-Powered Conversational Assistant
'...the DS [Daily Schedule] was suddenly transformed into a valued confidante.'

Mealworms Food Of The Future
Get your grubs on.

Alibaba's AI May Read Better Than You
'Mike ... could accept other languages and was doing technical translating - and reading endlessly.'

Musk's Boring Flamethrower
'Skeletons in tatters. Burned by a flesh gun'

Humanity Star LEO Advertisement?
'Everyone has noticed those enormous advertisements...'

Nissan ProPILOT Slippers Are Self-Parking, Autonomous
Beyond science and fiction.

Atomristors - Atomic Memristors - Using Thin Nanomaterials
'I could almost feel those little tunnel junction neuristors working, forming their own interconnections as I operated it.'

Bigelow Prepares Inflatable Lunar Hotel
'Suddenly, hitherto unheard-of sums of money became available for investment in civilian orbital stations.'

Drunk Driver Of Tesla Claims Autopilot Was In Charge
'Mr. Garden, you are in no condition to drive.'

Medical Exoskeleton From Cyberdyne Gets FDA Approval
It's been a long road for HAL-5; I started writing about it in 2005.

Fungi-Infused Concrete Repairs Itself
'I noticed that curious mottled knots were forming, indicating where the room had been strained and healed faultily.'

Shiftwear Display Shoes
'He unlaced her shoe and glanced at its readout.'

NASA SEXTANT First With X-Ray Nav In Space
'You need at least four beacons for an accurate fix.'

GM Introduces Cruise AV With No Steering Wheel
'How about the steering wheel?' ... 'I do not need one.'

More SF in the News Stories

More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories

Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise |
Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.