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Google Working on Large-Scale Video Displays


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A large multi-screen display system.

Google's advanced-projects lab is developing a giant display consisting of smaller screens that fit together to create a seamless image.

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Google's advanced-projects lab, Google X, is developing a giant display consisting of smaller screens that fit together to create a seamless image. The modular pieces can be arranged to form different sizes and shapes.

The large screen could be used to watch TV or movies, browse the Internet, and read email, perhaps simultaneously, says NPD DisplaySearch research director Riddhi Patel.

However, the project is still in the early stages of development because of the technical challenges associated with building such large screens and making the borders between the screen modules appear seamless. "The big challenge is to electronically, and through software, do the stitching between the seams," according to a person familiar with the project.

Google X currently is trying to recruit more display experts to work on the problem. The project is being led by Mary Lou Jepsen, a former Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor who co-founded the One Laptop Per Child project.

Microsoft also reportedly is working on big-screen display technology, in a project led by Perceptive Pixel founder Jeff Han. In 2012, Han predicted giant displays would eventually be in every meeting room, conference room, and classroom.

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