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Junkyard Jumbotron

We’ve set up a Junkyard Jumbotron in the foyer of The Edge.

What is it?

The Junkyard Jumbotron lets you take a bunch of random displays and instantly stitch them together into a large, virtual display, simply by taking a photograph of them. It works with laptops, smartphones, tablets — anything that runs a web browser. It also highlights a new way of connecting a large number of heterogeneous devices to each other in the field, on an ad-hoc basis.

How does it work?

By taking a photo of an arrangement of QR codes and sending it to MIT’s servers, they are able to work out where each of the screens are in space and calibrate each monitor to fit into one giant monitor.

Who made it?

The Junkyard Jumbotron is designed by Rick Borovoy, Ph.D. and Brian Knep at MIT’s Center for Future Civic Media.

To put your own photo on the jumbotron, simply email it to

One reply to “Junkyard Jumbotron

  1. Rick Borovoy

    This is an awesome Junkyard Jumbotron, folks. Nice to see one in Australia. Thanks a lot for trying it out, and for posting the results. I’d love to hear how it’s working out. Send me an email at rick.borovoy at gmail dot com.

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