MIT’s Junkyard Jumbotron: Strange Genius


This web-based software is a little hard to explain, so bear with me.   Take any combination of devices and screens with access to a webpage.  This could be 10 cell phones on your desk,  27 HDTVs,  2iPads and 7 laptops.   ANYTHING.   Take each individual device to a website that sends a picture of a QR code.  Take a picture all the QR codes together, and upload that image to a server.  That server dices and slices images in proportion to each QR code.  Then, each QR code is swapped out for a piece of an image that you e-mail to the server.  This total system even is able to move and resize the image on the fly across all screens.

Watch this video – it actually makes more sense when you see it in action for yourself.

It’s easy to see how you could use a system like this to make a striking and unique advertising installation – mostly for a flashy, artsy tradeshow and retail displays . While it’s mostly a novelty – it goes to show how advances in IT technology and open source research bring us further away from proprietary and finicky video systems.