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This is What a $50,000 3D Gigapixel Display Looks Like

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3D display uses gigapixel technology to create an immersive visual experience.

Photo Credit: Evan Ackerman/DVICEPhoto Credit: Evan Ackerman/DVICEOver the years, gigapixel photography has established itself as an efficient method to take insanely large photos. With 1,000+ megapixels of data jammed into single images which are then combined to form monstrously high resolution pictures, gigapixel photography isn't exactly easy to appreciate with the naked eye. 

Of course, if you have $50,000 to make a 3D gigapixel display like this one, you can completely immerse yourself into a work of gigapixel photography. Called the KAUST display, this wall combines a massive display with two gigapixel images to create the ultimate gigapixel viewing experience- in stereoscopic 3D.

The massive wall features 14 3D displays placed side-by-side to form a sort of hemisphere. With additional hardware for head motion tracking, all you have to do is put on the pair of 3D glasses and optical tracking hat and you are good to go. As far as virtual reality goes, this sort of immersive experience is about as close as you can visually get to being in an entirely different place.

According to Dr. Steven Cutchin, the manager of the KAUST visualization lab, creating a KAUST display wall of your own could cost anywhere between $50,000 and $80,000. Ouch.

 

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    innocent bystander , August 29, 2012 11:39 AM
    Wow... for that kind of money they couldn't find displays with thin bezels? This would drive me nuts.

    IB
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    paulemannsen , August 29, 2012 11:50 AM
    the black bars are the costly part? seriously, that looks horrible.
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    Pennanen , August 29, 2012 11:41 AM
    I guess money cant buy you anything, for 50k it looks like poop :D 
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    innocent bystander , August 29, 2012 11:39 AM
    Wow... for that kind of money they couldn't find displays with thin bezels? This would drive me nuts.

    IB
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    Pennanen , August 29, 2012 11:41 AM
    I guess money cant buy you anything, for 50k it looks like poop :D 
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    halcyon , August 29, 2012 11:44 AM
    It would be neat if I cared about my gaming enough that that was attractive. My singular Dell U3011 is more than adequate for my simple needs.
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    paulemannsen , August 29, 2012 11:50 AM
    the black bars are the costly part? seriously, that looks horrible.
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    sporkimus , August 29, 2012 11:50 AM
    $50k for that crappy setup? Seriously?
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    master_chen , August 29, 2012 11:55 AM
    ...make those connecting points almost invisible, and maybe I'll consider it...
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    flowingbass , August 29, 2012 11:59 AM
    What is he playing? GTA?
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    ojas , August 29, 2012 12:02 PM
    I thought it was one display :( 
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    Anonymous , August 29, 2012 12:11 PM
    Looks like shit. For $500 you could have VR with oculus rift next year.
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    scottk1 , August 29, 2012 12:16 PM
    I don't believe the black bars are bezels. I think they are simply space. In my understanding, the screens are aligned so the primary viewer has one continuous image. However, the camera is farther back, so the screens just look like they are out of place.
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    spleenbegone , August 29, 2012 12:28 PM
    They should have used projectors so there were no bezels.
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    RyQril , August 29, 2012 12:28 PM
    50k?? whos gonna buy that ugly setup for 50k??
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    waxdart , August 29, 2012 12:32 PM
    Could get better with 3 projectors! I want a Collimated Display like this guy made http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4R2bcZ-3eX8
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    InvalidError , August 29, 2012 12:48 PM
    Definitely doesn't have the same flair as the "3D Cave" which has seamless rear-projection images on all six faces.

    On the other hand, $50k might barely cover the cost of building a room large enough to contain the cave's projection arrays.
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    Anonymous , August 29, 2012 1:17 PM
    crysis on that anyone?
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    gentlydownthestream , August 29, 2012 2:08 PM
    To h e l l with TV's. Bring us Virtual Reality ideas like the oculus rift always welcome !
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    Vorador2 , August 29, 2012 2:29 PM
    Why in the hell they couldn't pry open the tvs, get just the panels and logic board and mount them on a custom mount? People have done that for Eyefinity setups and it looks gorgeous.
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    ikefu , August 29, 2012 2:46 PM
    I visited that lab last spring (my brother-in-law works at KAUST) and the technology is indeed very cool. The monitors are all turned so that the Bezels are minimized from the point of view of the user (which makes it look like crap from where the pic was taken).

    The other visualization lab they have at KAUST is actually the one that I find much more immersive. It is a 10 foot by 10 foot cube you step inside of with rear projection screens on all sides plus the ceiling. It uses head tracking 3D glasses to create a full 360 degree experience. THAT is the lab I want to see working with an FPS.
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    rosen380 , August 29, 2012 3:25 PM
    Did you guys miss where it said gigapixels? Each of these displays has to be a minimum of 'double-wide 8k'. This tech isn't what you pick up for a dollar at your local flea market.
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    SteelCity1981 , August 29, 2012 4:01 PM
    how about instead of 14 diff displays one big display for 50k i mean seriously.
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