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iWall

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iWall is a 20 monitor tiled display for viewing high resolution biological images. Advances in microscopy imaging and automatic image mosaicking are providing biologists with images of such resolution that they can't be properly viewed on standard displays. The UCSB iWall provides a 8000x 4800 pixel display (38.4 Megapixels) for viewing every detail of even the largest image

Features

  • Low cost - Open source multi-monitor image viewer
  • Easy control using remote client

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iWall is a 20 monitor tiled display for viewing high resolution biological images. Advances in microscopy imaging and automatic image mosaicking are providing biologists with images of such resolution that they can't be properly viewed on standard displays. The UCSB iWall provides a 8000x 4800 pixel display (38.4 Megapixels) for viewing every detail of even the largest images.

The monitors are arranged in a 5 x 4 grid with one computer driving a column of 4 monitors for a total of 5 computers driving the monitor grid. A sixth computer serves as the main control node, directing the other computers to display portions of the 8000 x 4800 sized window. The entire system was put together with off-the-shelf equipment and open source software. Distributed Multihead X (DMX) is used to create a seamless window across all 20 windows.