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)

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