144 Windows Phones connected to form one large screen

A group of Windows Phone devices formed part of a pretty remarkable achievement in what is being called a new world record. A new YouTube video (via WMPoweruser.com) shows off the team's efforts to link a whopping 144 smartphones running on Microsoft's mobile OS together to form one large video screen. The project was launched at the recent TechDays 2012 event in Helsinki, Finland.

In basic terms, a video file is sent via WiFi to all of the smartphones in the group. A separate Windows Phone device sends out the video and WiFi signal to the 144 devices placed in the video wall; the host phone acts like a server for the entire wall.

When the WiFi signal is sent, it goes to three WiFi routers that are set up behind the Windows Phone video wall and then the video is split up so that each of the 144 smartphones shows a piece of the video running to the public.

A company called Symbio, which offers a number of mobile and web-based software products and solutions, created the massive Windows Phone wall. The team claims that their impressive achievement is a new world record for linking up smartphones to run a video. The previous record holder was 72 smartphones, which were based on the Android OS.

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REally looks stupid with them so far apart.. put them right next to eachother so that you can actually see the picture/l

Lachlan said,
REally looks stupid with them so far apart.. put them right next to eachother so that you can actually see the picture/l
Yeah I agree. They should have consider at least closing the gap to make it look a bit better.

I'm still dying to find out why anyone would want to have a tablet designed like that. Unless people start developing telekinetic capabilities one or both hands will always cover a part of the screen and with it the content being displayed.

.Neo said,
I'm still dying to find out why anyone would want to have a tablet designed like that. Unless people start developing telekinetic capabilities one or both hands will always cover a part of the screen and with it the content being displayed.

Depending on what you are doing you may want to hold a device differently... therefore the possibility of having something on screen everywhere actually frees up the devices to unlimited holding positions... of course Steve Jobs would disapprove of holding it in more that one way

chadlachlanross said,
Glad to know they are spending their R&D budget so wisely.

This wasn't done by MS, read the whole article till the end.

GP007 said,

This wasn't done by MS, read the whole article till the end.

Did I say it was done by Microsoft? Now who needs to read the article to the end?

A company called Symbio, which offers a number of mobile and web-based software products and solutions, created the massive Windows Phone wall.

So I still say they are wasting their R&D money on this 'achievement'.

chadlachlanross said,

So I still say they are wasting their R&D money on this 'achievement'.

Wouldn't be a waste of money if phones could directly be controlled by a remote software instead of a laptop. but this setup is useless.

chadlachlanross said,

So I still say they are wasting their R&D money on this 'achievement'.

Had you heard of these people before this? Do you think everyone had? if not, then they achieved something.

SubZenit said,
The gaps between them are pretty big.
Would have helped if the alignment of the phones was a bit better too.

Still, a fun way to show off

SubZenit said,
The gaps between them are pretty big.
Yeah it annoys me that people go a great length and yet still miss or ignore that inconsistency to be perfect. If they close the gap and have the phone perfectly aligned, I think it would look much more ecstatic or proficient.

Krome said,
Yeah it annoys me that people go a great length and yet still miss or ignore that inconsistency to be perfect. If they close the gap and have the phone perfectly aligned, I think it would look much more ecstatic or proficient.

You can see that it was because of the power cable. no phones have rear facing power sockets, so it would have been impossible to avoid, and a pain to keep separating them to charge every half day if they're using them a lot.

ShareShiz said,
i thought they were trying to make phones smaller.. not 12x bigger -_-

they are. but in the future if a phone is too small you can buy a bunch and connect them.

trogenda said,
Why do people do that?

mainly because it's really fun. You don't want to figure out how they did it and replicate it? Doing it just to break some record is idiotic. But doing it to learn and practice what you know, that's a worthy cause.