• MicroTiles displays help Stephen Hawking Centre tell 'a brief history of time'

Display technology firm Christie announced that the Stephen Hawking Centre at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ont., Canada, has deployed 84 Christie MicroTiles to visually communicate a range of scientific research, training and outreach messages for a variety of audiences — including some of the world's brightest minds.

Located in the lobby, itself a mix of angles and multiple perspectives, the Christie MicroTiles array is assembled as an irregular hexagon, creating a dynamic media wall to welcome and inform all visitors.

"The video wall's shape is arranged in a 'V' with a narrow base of three MicroTiles wide and works its way up to eight wide at the top of the array," said Randy Pagnan, president, RP Visual Solutions, which installed and created a consolidated back frame for the display. "MicroTiles allow the flexibility to provide that 'architectural' look Perimeter was seeking to achieve."

The scale, diversity and modular design of Christie MicroTiles in architectural spaces "allowed for the whole space to come together in a very exciting way," said John Matlock, director of external relations and public affairs at Perimeter Institute.

"The wall's design is a fusion of messaging, mission and architecture," Matlock said in the announcement. "The unique shape of the media wall — including a functioning passageway — is in line with the architect's vision of the main entrance to Perimeter Institute."

Perimeter's in-house graphics and audiovisual team needed a visual display technology that would enable them to manipulate and update zones, backgrounds and the overall display — as well as to create, import and display high-resolution and highly-detailed scientific animations to help share abstract concepts in theoretical physics. In addition, the display will share daily news about the many research, training and outreach activities taking place throughout the facility.

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