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Amazing display is almost totally convincing; Phil Dick made sure you were convinced, in his version. (Read the complete story)

"Here's how he made the windscape display work.

"Two 46-inch Panasonic TC-P46G10 plasma screens bring the images to life. They are fed by an Apple Mac Pro workstation in the adjacent room running custom OS X software called Winscape. Using the displaysí physical layout parameters, the Winscape software renders the proper portions of the video to fill the appropriate displays using Quicktime and OpenGL. A Wii remote reports the position of a custom-built IR-emitting necklace in the room via bluetooth. The Winscape software uses this tracker information (when available) to shift the view for the person wearing the IR necklace. Sleep, Wake, and Scene Selection can be controlled by a web page served by the software or by the Winscape Remote iPhone App."

From Rational Craft."
(Bill Christensen 4/19/2010 5:03:10 AM)

"Just add the appropriate scent and sound and, Voila, you can visit the ocean shore or deep forest or where ever. Presto, a "stay-cation" whenever you want one."
(Dewtey 4/19/2010 9:31:48 AM)
"Gotta say, that is pretty cool. it's unfortunate that only one person could use it at a time and if you get too close to the "window", the wiimote would lose track of you. That doesn't even count the obtrusive necklace to track you. Would be a bit cooler if he had a dozen wiimotes around the room alone with infrared lighting around as well and the computer would pick a person and track them on its own. Add in a camera that tracks faces and can tell when someone is paying attention to it and it tracks the closest person who is paying attention"
(Brandon 4/19/2010 2:33:57 PM)
"Frank Belknap Long used this as a torture device. I am going off and locating this novel but feel free to beat me to it."
(icecycle 4/21/2010 6:02:29 PM)
"Heinlein used this in "Tunnel in the Sky" 1955. I've been trying since the mid '80's to interest the National Park Service in offering real-time images. Since few people walk back and forth looking out windows, a flat or glasses-less 3D image would work. Cost is about the same as a window, but lower maintenance and every cubical can be a corner office."
(Chuck 2/18/2012 4:02:46 PM)
"Thanks for writing, Chuck; I totally missed that one. I've added it to my site's index; see the simulacrum window from Tunnel in the Sky by Robert Heinlein."
(Bill Christensen 2/18/2012 8:39:04 PM)

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