What do you see when you look out your window? The side of a neighboring building? The back of the next house over? A street full of identical houses? Ryan Hoagland, who spends his working life testing chip designs in Silicon Valley, took an engineering approach to improving the view from his living room. Using eight surplus LCD screens he found at his office, a leftover PC and some custom cables, he created two virtual windows over his fireplace that can open onto whatever vista he chooses: the Golden Gate Bridge, the Rockies, a sailboat in a calm harbor. The two windows--complete with mullions and sashes separating the "panes"--yield 3,072 by 2,048 pixels of surprisingly realistic static image (that´s almost three times the resolution of most computer monitors).