(the metric version is here)
Apple just released a new iMac with a pixel-gluttonous 5K display. Others can explain how useful this may or may not be, but what matters here is that it's a display with a resolution of 5120 x 2880 pixels for a total of more than 14.7 million. An impressively magnificent number, but one that’s also slightly meaningless without a relatable frame of reference. Given that a pixel’s tiny and squinty nature makes it hard to see and dull to imagine in a string of thousands, we might better visualize them with something else. Like jelly beans.
Using a 1:1 ratio of pixels to beans, we already know the number of jelly beans required is 14,745,600 (5120x2880). So exactly how many pounds would we have to buy for this confectioned screen, and how much would it cost? Although I was prepared to make the sacrifice and purchase samples for weight and measurement, the Apple of jellybeans makes this information conveniently available on their website.
25 Jelly Belly-brand jelly beans weigh approximately 1 ounce.
16 ounces per pound multiplied by 25 yields 400 Jelly Bellys per pound.
14,745,600 JBs /400 per pound =
36,864 pounds of Jelly Bellys
According to the Jelly Belly site, each bean is 4 calories, making this a 58,982,400 calorie construction.
How much would it cost? Jelly Belly’s online bulk price is $85.99 for 10 lbs., working out to $8.599 per pound. 36,864 lbs/$8.599/lb =
$316,993 in JELLY BELLYS.
Hauling it home from the candy store would take a convoy of eleven fully-loaded Ford F150 pickup trucks trailed by one partially filled Mini Cooper (respective payload capacities are 3,330 and 816 lbs).
Stay tuned. I'm still figuring out the measurement of the actual bean screen.