How To Virtually Change Your View

How To Virtually Change Your View

Gregory Han
Sep 13, 2013

Is there anything more desirable in a room than ample light and an accompanying scenic view? I'd even venture that I'd rather have a smaller room with an excellent view than a large space without one (and a room with a view is also a good investment if you're an owner). But what if you could change your view instantly to any location at a whim?

The effect is a bit surreal, since several of the scenes are of outdoor locations in daylight, underwater, or even in space.

Tired of his view after living 3 years in the same place, Ken Kawamoto devised a way to alter the view outside his apartment without moving to a new space. Moving Windows is a digital projection system set up on his balcony using a short throw digital projector, offering Kawamoto a virtual view of anywhere in the world projected from outside onto his white curtains within.

But as imperfect as the setup is (Kawamoto needs to bring in the projector each evening to avoid any damage), the idea hints of a future when displays and projection systems will offer such high resolution, and be so thin, they'll be convincing as "windows". Lo and behold, it seems the reality is already here, according to this prank:

But ultra 4K resolution sets haven't dropped into the realm of affordably priced quite yet, so your best bet might be to use a Blu-ray source for varied daytime scenery (sort of like visual muzak). Hi-def scenery content like The BluScenes Compendium offers hundreds of minutes of scenic ambience, from aquariums, to coastal scenery, and even a view of the cosmos if you're looking to satiate your inner Carl Sagan. Although a poor substitute for a real view, if you live/work from somewhere without windows or a view, the virtual ambience could prove a panacea compared to no view at all when partnered with a high lux, sunlight mimicking light source.

If you don't require full 1080p scenery, BluScenes has a selection of nearly hour long 720p clips available on YouTube. Stream these on a second monitor as a "window" for ambience.

(Images: Ken Kawamoto)

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