A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
SkyCeiling Big Indoor Sky
The SkyCeiling is a luminous virtual window that can transform interior spaces. SkyCeilings are particularly appreciated by patients in high tech healthcare settings, like radiology suites; patient stress is significantly reduced.
(SkyCeiling from the Sky Factory)
The SkyCeiling is the creation of businessman and artist Bill Witherspoon. While meeting with an orthodontist to talk about treatment for his children and how to pay for it, he thought of painting a sky on the dentist's ceiling. That was the start of The Sky Factory.
The high-resolution, large format photography of skies that The Sky Factory makes are the foundation of a SkyCeiling. The secret of SkyCeiling's realism lies in the 6500K daylight-balanced lighting, and the use of an ‘elevator’, their patent-pending aluminum frame that holds the translucent image tile above the ceiling grid. The overall effect is one of clarity and depth. SkyCeilings are so realistic that they produce a genuine relaxation response, just as if one were lying in a field beneath an open sky.
Science fiction readers are long familiar with this idea. Most readers have read about the magical ceiling in the dining hall at Hogwarts. However, long before Hogwarts there were the multilevel future cities in science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem's 1961 novel Return from the Stars. How can you brighten up these vast interior spaces?
"How do they work it so that the sky is visible at every level of the city?"
She perked up.
"Very simple. Television - that is what they called it, long ago. On the ceilings are screens. They transmit what is above the Earth - the sky, the clouds..."
(Read more about Stanislaw Lem's sky ceilings)
See another cool SkyCeiling designed for a Star Wars fan; find out more about the SkyCeiling at The Sky Factory.
Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 10/11/2006)
Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.
| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |
you like to contribute a story tip?
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add
Comment/Join discussion ( 4 )
Related News Stories -
Brainoware Reservoir Computation Of Biological Neural Networks
'Head cheese. Cultured brains on a slab.' - Peter Watts, 1999.
Forward CarePod The AI Doctor's Office
'It's an old model,' Rawlins said. 'I'm not sure what to do.'
Octopus Suckers Inspire Transdermal Patches
'...a capsule which he placed against his wrist.' - Philip K. Dick, 1960.
'Droplet' Battery Microscale Power Pack
'...a power pack the size of a pea.' - Alfred Bester, 1956.
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.
Ulm Sleep Pods For The Homeless
'The lid lifted and she crawled inside...'
Prophetic Offers Lucid Dreaming Halo With Morpheus-1 AI
''Leads trail away from insertion points on her face and wrist... to a lucid dreamer...'
More Like A Tumblebug Than A Motorcycle
'It is about the size and shape of a kitchen stool, gyro-stabilized on a single wheel...'
Tesla Camera-Only Vision Predicted In 1930's SF
'By its means, the machine can see.'
First Ever Proof Of Water On Asteroids
'Yes, strangely enough there was still sufficient water beneath the surface of Vesta.'
Aptera Solar EV More Stylish Than Heinlein Steel Tortoise
'When confronted by hills, or rough terrain, it did not stop, but simply slowed until the task demanded equaled its steady power output.'
Gigantic Space Sunshade Would Fight Global Warming
'...the light of the sun had been polarized by two crossed fields so that no radiation could pass.'
Untethered Spacewalk's 50th Anniversary
'But that space walk of mine wasn't so very amazing.'
ESA Designs Huge Inflatable Moonbase
'It was like being inside a balloon; indeed, that was exactly where he was.'
AlphaGarden Robot Cares For Gardens Better Than Humans
'...a simple clock-set servok with pipe and hose arms.'
Let's Make Slaver Sunflowers! Engineering Plants To Reflect Light
'The mirror-blossom was a terrible weapon.'
TeslaBot Uber Driver (2024) And The Automatic Motorist (1911)
'Robots have worse problems than anybody'
DiffuseBot Uses Generative AI To Invent New Soft Robots
'It embodies several small-scale multiple stampers, apparently for dealing with sheet metal.'
Philips Smart Palm Recognition Smart Deadbolt
'A palm lock must be keyed to one individual's hand shape...'
BMind Smart Mirror from Baracoda
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who has the greatest wellness of all?
Ballie Your AI Robot Companion From Samsung
Projects your content anywhere you like.
More SF in the News Stories
More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories