Ostendo Demos Three Panel Surround Vision Gaming Geek Nirvana At CES

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Though in years past, CES has been a bit of a let-down in terms of wow-factor for demonstrations of new products and technologies, this year's 2010 CES proved to be rather impressive in many ways.  There were lots of new break-throughs on display, from hand-helds to notebooks and of course gaming rigs of all kinds.  We'll have more coverage for you in the days ahead but we wanted to get this one punched up as soon as humanly possible, though our overworked and over-indulged bodies are still recovering from Vegas mayhem.  Regardless, early Friday morning, even before the caffeine kicked in, we spent some time with our friends from Ostendo in a live demo of their CRVD display technology.  If you're not familiar, Ostendo is primarily a technology-based development company with a strong focus on intellectual property assets but they productized their CRVD Display, initially as proof of concept vehicle.  Today they also manufacturer the panels for general public sale and many other applications in the simulation, training, broadcast, medical and financial markets to name just a few. 

The Ostendo CRVD display offers a 43" diagonal viewing area with a 32:10 aspect ratio that literally wraps around your field of view, capturing more of your peripheral vision, especially when multiple panels are chained together.



Though Ostendo CRVD panels have been around for a while now, in the upper press briefing rooms of AMD's spread at CES, Ostendo had married not one but three of their CRVD Curved Displays up with a proverbial bad-ass gaming system built in a Thermaltake Level 10 case.  Employing AMD Eyefinity technology with a Radeon HD 5870 graphics card pushing the pixels, the effect was completely "immersive" in the words of Ostendo Director of Marketing, Erhan Ercan.  We'd have to agree, hit the play below button and kick your feet up...


We tried our hands at the wheel as well of course.  While you're in the surround vision setup, your field of view, both ahead of you and as far as your peripheral vision can detect, is completely covered game scenery.  Also, it's not just a stretched view of course but because the actual field of view is 8640X900, you get to see more of the game scene content itself.  In Dirt 2, which is a DX11 title, the visuals were stunning.  Speaking of stunning, the gaming rig running the demo wasn't exactly hard on the eyes either.


AMD Eyefinity, dressed to kill in a Thermaltake Level 10, drove the three CRVD displays like butter.

Needless to say, if you're a hardcore gamer, this setup both from a system point of view and with the 129 inches of love that three Ostendo displays can deliver, is pretty much high-def geek porn.  Thanks to our friends at Ostendo for the opportunity to jones a bit.  These panels aren't cheap (as in silly expensive for the average user), but hey, you've got to have goals right?
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Absolutely awesome! ~picks jaw up off the floor~

A single 5870 pushing nearly 7 million pixels... eat your heart out Nvidia!!! lol

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3vi1 replied on Mon, Jan 11 2010 9:58 PM

The ironic thing is that buying those three monitors for a racing set-up costs the same amount as a 2010 Camaro.

This is the third year they've shown them off at CES.  Are they going to put them back in the closet until next year, or will they actually start shipping them via AlienWare and NEC?  I was really interested when they were first announced, but now it's reached the point where it seems we're just being teased with a monitor that priced ungodly high and is not really available even if you were willing to spend the cash.

NEC's page says they'll be available in "May of 2009" for $8k each:  http://www.necdisplay.com/newtechnologies/curveddisplay/, but as far as I can tell it never happened.

By the time these guys realize how many they could have sold at a more realistic price, they'll be beat to the punch by someone like Apple.

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rapid1 replied on Mon, Jan 11 2010 11:54 PM

I agree with 3vi1, as I have been watching these since they hit as well, not this year last year, they may have even been around longer. Either way one of these would be awesome 3 would be absolute overkill. Not that I would turn it down. Either way just one of these would be entirely out of this world, but 8k each wow not gonna happen. That refresh rate is also astronomically beautiful.

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Dave_HH replied on Tue, Jan 12 2010 12:07 AM

Ostendo sells them directly for $6499:

http://www.ostendo.com/crvd/order.php

So, no, not quite 2010 Camaro pricing for three. Smile 

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Too bad that price isn't for three!  That does look like a pretty amazing driving experience.  Desktop navigation would seem a bit odd though.

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acarzt replied on Tue, Jan 12 2010 1:58 PM

It seems like each monitor is made up of like 4 smaller screens. And the colors don't quite seem to blend. Or maybe it's the backlighting that doesn't quite even out just right.

Might just be a glare causing that effect... but do you guys see what i'm talking about? lol

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rapid1 replied on Wed, Jan 13 2010 3:16 AM

Either way having one of these monitors for your general desktop would be a truly awesome edition to a PC especially for gaming. I could see a monitor like this being very useful in a lot of professional situations as well. Think about Cad work or accounting, data tracking, network administration, Logistics and any number of professional or artistic design scenarios.

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3vi1 replied on Wed, Jan 13 2010 7:59 AM

Yes - there are three lines where the projectors overlap. They said that would be fixed in the second half of 2008, but it's obviously still there in the video.

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acarzt replied on Wed, Jan 13 2010 2:02 PM

Good to know I was't the only one to see it. The alone would ruin it for me. lol

Now that you mention projectors... Is it just a bunch of pico projectors or something over lapping?

Hmmm... gives me an idea for a project i'd like to try... but I don't have the monies lol

Just take 3 high quality widescreen projectors and blast the images onto 3 huge screens around you with the projectors hanging over head lol.... That would be far more immersive than this lol

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The CRVD displays actually started shipping in August of 2009, direct from the manufacturer, Ostendo Technologies. They can be ordered on their website, www.ostendo.com

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The CRVD is based off of micro-projectors which are all directed to the "sweet spot", right down in front of the display. Off-angle viewing shows off the lines, but when you're sitting in front of it and using it, the lines go away.

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acarzt replied on Fri, Jan 15 2010 2:46 PM

Good to know. Thanks for the info.

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"Ostendo is primarily a technology-based development company with a strong focus on intellectual property assets."


So are they primary getting their money from filing lawsuits?

 

The prohibitably expensive pricing is a shame because ATI Eyefinity finally makes technology like this accessible relevant for the enthusiast gamer.

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rapid1 replied on Thu, Jan 28 2010 3:47 PM

On this note but not specifically with this particular hardware I wonder where graphics is going. DX11 and other platforms available are ready for another big jump like DX9 caused. I just wonder where it's going to go. I also wonder when we're going to get some OLED monitors on the market from all the manufacturers as well. I still wanna see the holo display, although it is being developed for the military etc, I am sure it is quite a ways off for the normal user. We will see it though sooner or most likely later.

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rapid1 replied on Sun, Jan 31 2010 2:31 AM

I hope these become cheaper or something like them I so like this versus independent monitors.

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rapid1 replied on Sun, Jan 31 2010 5:41 PM

I wonder if I could make something like this? Of course it would not look anywhere near as pretty as this does, but would perform the same?

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