Projects: Stanford 60-Seat Classroom Gets Wall-Eating 192-MicroTiles Array
October 6, 2014 by Dave Haynes
Here’s a 32-unit wide by 6 high wall of Christie MicroTiles in a 60-seat, yup, classroom at Stanford University.
Yes, that’s 192 Tiles eating pretty much a whole wall in the Wallenberg Hall, which is used for journalism and social sciences classes, as well as some special events. Wow.
Opened in 2002, the Wallenberg Foundation decided it was time for a refresh, which included replacing the old projectors in the 60-seat theater with Christie MicroTiles. According to Bob Smith, Director of Technology Services, Office of the Registrar, the front row was often vacant because it provided a poor view and if the seats were filled, those audience members cast shadows on the screen.
This isn’t Stanford’s first experience with the technology: two years ago, a Christie MicroTiles video wall was installed in the Visitors Center. “From that installation, I knew the MicroTiles were gorgeous; they’re so rich, and they’re linear all the way down into the blacks. They’re just really beautiful things,” said Smith.
For this room, they needed the highest possible resolution combined with the ability to have multiple presentations running simultaneously in a variety of configurations.
Smith said the MicroTiles also allow people to sit closer to the screen and “allow us to flexibly adjust the visual rhetoric of the screen, making important things bigger, less critical things smaller, bringing things to the center, and moving other things to the side.”
The Wallenberg Foundation is directly tied to Wallenberg family in Sweden, which has business ties every which way and a coupla bucks it can spend on this sort of thing without thinking much about it. Likely the most famous Wallenberg was Raoul Wallenberg, who saved 1,000s of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust.