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

Photo (Image credit: Evan Ackerman/DVICE)

Over 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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Tuan Mai is a Los Angeles based writer and marketing manager working within the PC Hardware industry. He has written for Tom's Guide since 2010, with a special interest in the weird and quirky.
  • innocent bystander
    Wow... for that kind of money they couldn't find displays with thin bezels? This would drive me nuts.

  • Pennanen
    I guess money cant buy you anything, for 50k it looks like poop :D
  • halcyon
    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.
  • paulemannsen
    the black bars are the costly part? seriously, that looks horrible.
  • sporkimus
    $50k for that crappy setup? Seriously?
  • master_chen
    ...make those connecting points almost invisible, and maybe I'll consider it...
  • flowingbass
    What is he playing? GTA?
  • ojas
    I thought it was one display :(
  • Looks like shit. For $500 you could have VR with oculus rift next year.
  • scottk1
    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.