What happens when you dress up two 46-inch plasma HDTVs and make them appear as actual windows? A $2,500 virtual window, of course. Mix it up with a modified Wiimote controller and sweet software and you can immediately create the illusion of looking out your window at a magnificent view that would otherwise require millions of dollars to afford...For those of us whose view of the outside consists of a brick wall of the adjacent neighboring building or the parking lot of a Walmart (yep, guilty here), the idea of virtual windows is wonderful. It surely beats the price of relocation and create a wonderful working environment for the home office for those of us who work at home.
However, as Slashdot has indicated, the biggest drawback to the system is that it can only display content for one person at a time since it relies on wearing an IR-emitting necklace in order for the Wiimote to track the user. At the same time, we realize this technology is still pretty early in its stages of development. We imagine future removal of the necklace, embed 3D, and make the screen easier on the eyes over long periods of time and you've got yourself a winner.
Check out the video below to get an idea of the product experience:
You can pre-order Winscape for $2,500 or grab the software directly for $10 (with an extra $10 each for new downloadable vistas).