Linky Friday: Moving Pictures Edition

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Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire.

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  1. Avatar fillyjonk says:

    MP7: I now have a new bucket-list item. I bet playing Mario Kart on a Jumbotron kicks butt.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird says:

      At the CES from a couple of days ago, Samsung revealed a 219 inch television. (That’s 18 feet and 3 inches, for those of you who are secretly hoping that I will look that up. That’s 5.56 meters for those of you hoping that I’d make an oblique reference to NATO ammunition.)

      You might be able to get a jumbotron experience in your house in the next few years.Report

      • I think the cool factor in the jumbotron “experience” — technically, in this case, the Daktronics experience — is playing Mario Kart at the ballpark, not just the size of the screen. Daktronics has installed much bigger screens than the one at Kauffman Stadium, all of which would be capable of being used for video games. Daktronics and its competitors already sell UHD video walls almost exactly the size of the Samsung 219″ unit; it’s the smallest of the Daktronics video wall products. You probably don’t want to ask about the prices or the power requirements, though.

        In standard widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio, a 219″ display is almost exactly 9 feet tall and 16 feet wide. I have exactly two walls in my house where such a display could be placed. Both of them are in the garage. Just as well, as I’d have to open up walls to get a display that size into the house proper. You can buy a 90-inch home display today (a bit under 4 feet tall and 7 feet wide). If you sit at “immersive” distance from them, you really need to have a curved screen to avoid eye strain: when you switch from being focused on the screen center to one of the corners on a flat screen, the change in distance is enough that your eyes will refocus.

        The consumer display manufacturers are approaching the limits of what’s possible for physical size in houses/apartments built to contemporary sorts of standards. Also the visual acuity limits for typical users.Report

    • Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

      That’s the thing about big screens, they just beg to be used for gaming. Back when I was in IT for the UW, securing an empty lecture hall for some light gaming on the big screens was one of the perks of the job.Report

  2. Avatar Marchmaine says:

    [MP3] AOC > BORReport

  3. Avatar Pinky says:

    MP8: The most talked about video? I have yet to hear anyone talk about it. Lots of people are talking about how righties are talking about it, though.Report

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