It’s a little known fact* that in Wired’s sunny San Francisco offices, the Gadget Lab crew is forced to work in a locked basement room, devoid of all outside stimulus save the umbilical connection to the internet and the occasional sighting of the Wired chef’s hand as he pushes the lunch leftovers through a hatch in the door.
This is why we shall be ordering the Winscape, a pair of plasma displays which are mounted on the wall to mimic windows, drawing their 1080p video-feeds from a connected Mac. Better still, we will be able to control the view from our iPhones, saving us the trouble of calling the IT-crew down to our basement dungeon to unshackle us from our cramped desks for a few moments.
Why not just run a screensaver on a TV? Because the Winscape has an extra trick. If you wear an IR necklace or carry a Wimote with you, as you move the software monitors your position and changes the view accordingly. So, if you walk over to the right, say (or strain to the right against the chains which bind you to your desk), you’ll see a little more out the left side of the window.
If you have the necessary hardware already (and believe us, we have plenty of hardware down here) you can grab the OS X software for $10 and the iPhone app for $2. If you don’t already have the gear, you’re looking at $2,500 to $3,000.
Let your imagination run wild with Coloring In Wallpaper, illustrated by Jon Burgerman. You’ll feel like a kid again when you break out your full spectrum of Sharpies and go to town, turning your favorite room into a painstaking work of art. Simply paste up and work your creative magic. Just be sure to stay in the lines! This is truly life in cartoon motion.