This past weekend at SXSW, Microsoft and the WorldWide Telescope team worked with NASA, Northrop Grumman and the Space Telescope Science Institute to deliver a one of a kind exhibit around the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).
The two main anchors of the exhibit was the physical model of the JWST and the WorldWide Telescope Theater. Over the 3 days the WWT Theater hosted over 70 talks using WWT Tours, PowerPoint, and live Skype QnAs – all on a 20 million pixel wall sized display wall.
Behind the scenes – this immersive experience was pulled together by Microsoft Research and our partners for the theater – Epson, NVIDA and Scalable Display Technologies. The 8 Epson projectors worked flawlessly pumping out pixels for over 14 hours a day and this was in a tent without air conditioning and lots of humidity – especially during the first two days of rain. The 8 projectors were driven by 2 NVIDIA Quadro K5000’s in a single PC. The display wall needed the DirectX 11 support to show off the latest WWT Eclipse Alpha build that leverages DX11. Delivering all those pixels to the display wall was one piece, but to make the images seamless and immersive the Scalable Display Manager (SDM) was used. The (SDM) software with it’s EasyBlend technology, made it a snap to wrap and blend the pixels coming from the individual projectors into a really seamless experience.
This whole setup allowed the team to utilize the wall as a very, very large Windows desktop and take advantage of all the Windows applications for the presentations – including
While most of you might not need to create a wall sized display like this one – it shows how desktop technologies created for Windows scales to create immersive experiences. Let me know if you decide to create one….