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by Mike Zazaian October 11, 2006 - 3:36pm, 2 Comments

Jaynes, left, and Mersive Technologies co-founder Stephen Webb stood in front of a high-resolution image of the cockpit of the space shuttle.

A seamless 27-foot-wide high-definition display created by two Kentucky engineers will be on exhibition at the the four-day IdeaFestival in downtown Louisville this weekend.

Created by Christopher Jaynes and Stephen Webb, the new HD screen is 27 feet across, 15 feet tall, and can display images with as many as 60 million pixels. And while similar projects would normally require millions of dollars to produce, The World’s Highest Resolution Seamless Display as it’s being touted was constructed with less than $100,000 worth of computers and projectors from electronics retailers like Best Buy.

The display will be on exhibition at the four-day IdeaFestival in downtown Louisville, a forum for inventors, engineers and innovators to gather and exchange ideas about new technologies. During its run the 27-foot display will sit in a large glass observatory, displaying images of a space shuttle cockpit, Hubble Telescope photos and other images that show off the exceptional clarity that the enormous screen is able to depict. Lee Todd, president of the University of Kentucky, had a chance to view the screen prior public availability:

When Chris showed me the display, I thought it was breathtaking. The high resolution of the images made me feel like … I was a passenger in the space shuttle.

The above picture may not do the screen justice, however. According to Jaynes, even while standing several blocks away a viewer can pick out intricate details from the screen through the glass observatory windows.

Jaynes and Webb have formed a company called Mersive Technologies in order to the bring the new large-scale HD technology to market. According to Mersive CEO and President Joe Ortiz, the company’s goal is to create, Compelling, high-resolution displays using ordinary equipment. He elaborated:

Imagine having video conferences so that, instead of a flat panel, you have a cylindrical display, so you feel like you’re there.

Their HD display is the genesis of eight years of research at the University of Kentucky, where Jaynes is an associate professor of computer science.

[via The Courier Journal]