Giant displays, better division, NPR, and NVIDIA

In wading through my bookmark collection, there were a few sites that I felt were appropriate for the blog but not the resources pages. Basically, interesting tidbits, but not worth the (semi-)permanence of the website’s other pages.

First, Naty pointed out that NPR is used in the next Prince of Persia. Interesting style, and I look forward to seeing how well it animates. Update: Mikkel Gjøl at Zero Point Software pointed out that, with E3 just having happened, game trailers galore have come out, including an animated trailer for Prince of Persia.

I was trying to find what are the largest (highest resolution) commercial, or at least public, display systems available. Two I found: someone’s flight simulator setup, and the Zenview Command Center Elite. If you know of larger, please say so. Coolest death-star-related display system was easily The Emperor.

Tidbit: Intel division is still slow, but will someday be twice as fast.

There’s a quick little article in Forbes on NVIDIA. You already know 80% of it, but there are some new bits. Huang’s education at a reform school is a classic tale (though Wired’s piece is a little more detailed).

OK, my queue is now cleared!

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  1. render_dude’s avatar

    The largest display system that I know of is the C6 at Iowa State. It weighs in at a whopping 100,000,000 pixel resolution. Here’s the link: http://www.vrac.iastate.edu/c6.php

    The ASCI Views corridor is another large if not a little out of date system. I believe that it weighs in around 50 Megapixels.

  2. DirkReiners’s avatar

    The C6′ (there used to be a C6 before it) is pretty cool, but a monster to build and get/keep working.

    There is a ton of tiled projector walls around, at many Universities. One of the bigger ones is one I was involved in, the HEyeWall (http://www.heyewall.de/index.DE.php?page=index&lang=EN). 48 projectors for passive stereo, ending up in ~6kx3k pixels.

    A little more low-tech is are the big brothers of the Zenview using tiled LCD monitors, e.g. the 100 MPix LambdaVision at EVL (http://www.evl.uic.edu/core.php?mod=4&type=1&indi=273) and many other somewhat like it at different Universities. Their main problem are the edges between screens.

    An interesting compromise are the tiled displays from Mersive (www.mersive.com), which use DLP TV systems as a basis.

    Really high-res displays are pretty darn cool. Using your feet to zoom in and actually seeing more information instead of bigger pixels is impressive. ;)

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