donderdag 17 maart 2011

Junkyard Jumbotron' stretches an image over all your screens.

A website called Junkyard Jumbotron, created by MIT professors Rick Borovoy and Brian Knep, lets you quickly stretch an image over multiple displays and devices with some seriously cool server-side trickery.

To begin, you'll want to head to the website and create a Junkyard session. This will give you a unique URL. Then set about scattering all manner of devices that have a web browser -- smartphones, MP3 players, laptops, tablets, games consoles, TVs and monitors hooked up to web-sources, you name it -- into a shape.

Load the URL on each device, and the screen will blast off a QR-style image. It's a unique black and white signifier that the Jumbotron server will be able to read and identify to correctly position, align and scale your photo. When that's all set up, take a photo of the devices and upload (or email) it to the website.

"It analyses the photo to figure out where all the screens are in space, and how to slice up and distribute the image to display correctly," explains the MIT team. If you haven't fluffed it up, you'll notice all your screens have changed to a Junkyard Jumbotron logo, letting you know that it's calibrated correctly.

Then it's just a case of uploading or emailing JPG images to that same site, to have them snap to the screens a few seconds later. You can even zoom and pan the image.

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