The virtual window has long been a staple of science fiction. According to movies, TV, and novels, in the future we will forego glass portals to the outside world in favor of flatscreen displays that show us any vista we choose. Does your bedroom window offer you a view of your neighbor’s brick wall? No problem — with a virtual window, you can look “out” at anything you want, like maybe the Pyramids of Egypt or Niagara Falls.
Clever designer John Leung has figured out a way to make the virtual window a reality, and without breaking the bank. He postulates that if you network four iPad 2s, you’ll have a decent-sized display with the illusion of criss-crossing frames. He further suggests that the iPad 2‘s front-facing camera and crazy fast processing power can take things to the next level, tracking your position and adjusting the view accordingly.
Just like looking out a real window as you walk past it, the view through Leung’s iPad Window would shift as you change your orientation to it. You could even control the window with your iPhone.
Here’s a video that shows the concept in action.
Even though it’s just a concept for now, it looks pretty nifty, don’t you think?