On the output side, things are also moving apace toward a world of truly immersive experiences. At CES, AMD will be showing its SurRoundHouse, a hyperbolic demonstration of just how immersive computing output can be. The demo is actually a house, which will be situated outside the Las Vegas Convention Center. Viewers will enter into what looks like a “farm cabin” with 10 windows, each of which is actually a 55” LED TV. These TVs are tied together by AMD Eyefinity display technology, which allows them to be run from a single PC with three AMD FirePro graphics cards.
Also at work will be AMD’s Discrete Digital Multipoint Audio, which can render 3D positional audio, in this case via 32 speakers, including four subwoofers. It is the audio that leads the viewer to integrate the separate images in the windows into a single coherent experience. The audio fills the gaps between the separate displays and allows the viewer to figure out what is happening as a complex story line unfolds. Without positional audio, the story is much more difficult to understand.
Total cost of this rig: $35,000, still a bit out of reach for the average consumer. But the tour de force makes use of technologies at work in commercially available gaming systems today.
Sentiment: Strong Sell