This is pretty wild. The cruise ship giant Royal Caribbean’s new Quantum of the Seas ship has installed 80-inch portrait-mode 4K displays in its interior staterooms (the ones that could never have windows anyway) to create virtual balconies.
The displays get a streamed feed – I’m guessing via fiber – from a set of high-def RED Epic cameras pointed at the surroundings, and the set-up on-screen emulates the look of a balcony, including railing.
Not a first (Disney has done this on a Disney ship, but with 42-inchers), but it’s still very clever. The set-up is also on a sister ship called Navigator of the Seas.
This would also have beat the crap out of the cloudy little outside-facing porthole we had on our one cruise experience.
Dave Haynes is the founder and editor of Sixteen:Nine, an online publication that has followed the digital signage industry for more than 13 years. Dave does strategic advisory consulting work for many end-users and vendors, and also writes for many of them. He’s based near Halifax, Nova Scotia.