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UH West Oʻahu ACM student, Kevin Bechyada, stands in front of the new OLED screen.

The largest Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED) wallpaper display in the state was installed at the University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu ʻUluʻulu public space area by the Academy for Creative Media. Installed in collaboration with Jason Leigh, the director of LAVA (Laboratory for Advanced Visualization and Applications) at UH Mānoa, this video screen will offer new opportunities for teaching and screening of student work.

A 1,040-square-foot area within ʻUluʻulu: The Henry Kuʻualoha Giugni Moving Image Archive of Hawaiʻi in the UH West Oʻahu Library will be transformed into a theater with seating for about 40 people by the end of 2017. Ceiling tiles, walls, and windows will be blacked out and a sliding, retractable acoustical wall will be installed to separate the theater from the rest of the area.

The centerpiece of the theater has already been installed—15 high-resolution LG Electronics screens have been joined together into a 135-square-foot screen where multiple video and other images can be viewed at the same time. The 55-inch, 4mm thick OLED screens feature the latest LG Electronics technology that has better color expression and refresh times than older displays.

“Because of the thinness of the technology it is the first time displays are becoming like wallpaper. This will usher in a future where all walls can be covered with information and art effortlessly and seamlessly,” Leigh said. “When used as a collaboration tool it could bridge distance creating the illusion that a remote location is literally right next door.”

Academy for Creative Media System Founding Director Chris Lee added, “ACM System is dedicated to fostering connectivity between UH campuses and programs and UH West Oʻahu’s second, best-in-class CyberCANOE is an exciting collaboration between Dr. Leigh’s innovative LAVA Lab at UH Mānoa’s Information and Computer Sciences department and UH West Oʻahu’s ACM and ʻUluʻulu.”

For more, read the full story at E Kamakani Hou.

—By Greg Wiles

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