Never mind that Philips' super-wide 21:9 aspect ratio HDTV never saw the light of day in the U.S. HP is apparently working on a screen so wide that it would make that Philips set look like a 19-inch tube TV.
While recently addressing the DisplaySearch Emerging Technologies conference, HP CTO Phil McKinney told the audience about a "triple-wide" HD display that the company is working on -- one that can show an entire basketball court at the same time. McKinney described the view as comparable to having the "Jack Nicholson seat," the front row mid-court spot that the actor has long had at Los Angeles Lakers games.
The tech giant is also working on gesture- or voice-based control for such a screen. To get the panoramic effect the screen requires, the source video would need to be stitched together from the footage of multiple cameras shooting slightly different areas of the same space. McKinney says HP is working with the NBA on the concept, though there's no further word on when (if ever) this would be available, at what size, and with what technical requirements. But I'm sure they'd be plenty of eager viewers if a demonstration ever gets scheduled.
[Via VentureBeat; image: VentureBeat]