November 04 2008 / by John Heylin
Category: Gadgets Year: 2008 Rating: 5 Hot
Some great science fiction movies have depicted the protagonist sitting in front of a beautiful landscape with chirping birds and incredible gardens (Aliens, Total Recall, etc). Spooky Science Fiction has yet again struck close to reality.
Called the SkyCeiling, it uses high resolution imagery on embedded image tiles to give the looker a true 3D experience. Some of the technology they use in developing the SkyCeiling is used currently to treat seasonal depression. It provides “daylight-balanced light (the same light used to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder) for rich color rendition and recognition as ‘natural’ daylight.” The hope is that the product would help sooth and calm people in hospitals who are unnerved by the white and sterile environment.
Devices such as these could become commonplace fare in apartments in big cities. With urban planning getting more thought out due to rising gas prices and long commutes, people in major cities could find life there more cramped than ever. Although the idea of having a fake skylight (they sell windows too) in your place might seem tacky, sometimes you have to own up and face the fact that your place is a dark hole. I for one would have loved it in my cramped basement apartment back in college.