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Google is working on screens that connect together like Lego

If Google’s latest project becomes a reality, you could be able to assemble a giant seamless image from several smaller screens.

Google Racer, a Chrome experiment which could be the basis for Google X's latest project.
Google Racer, a Chrome experiment which could be the basis for Google X's latest project.
Image: Google Chrome/YouTube

GOOGLE’S ADVANCED-PROJECTS lab, Google X, is busy with a number of different project, but it’s added another one to the list: turning several smaller screens into one giant display.

The facility is developing a display composed of smaller screens that plug together like Lego to create a seamless image, according to the Wall Street Journal.

With these pieces, the screen could be made into different shapes and sizes.

Details about the project, such as the size of these modules or how large a screen could be created using them, is unclear. The research is being led by ex-MIT researcher Mary Lou Jepsen – who was responsible for the One Laptop Per Child project – and has founded three startups around display technology.

One of the challenges the team is trying to sole is making display modules seamless so that people looking at a screen can’t see the borders between the modules.

The project follows the same format as Project Ara, another initiative which will allow users to put together smartphone components like building blocks. Also, at its developer conference last year, it showed off a Chrome experiment called Google Racer, which requires you to lay smartphones and tablets together to create one large track for a game.

Google X is working on a number of other projects such as its self-driving car initiative, a smart contact lens for diabetics, a drone delivery project, a life sciences team collecting data to understand human health and a project that will deliver internet access to remote areas via balloons.

Source: Google Chrome/YouTube

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