Entertainment Engineering | Integrating Motion and Architecture
Trak-kit is a modern approach to entertainment and telepresence. It frees flat screen televisions from the anchored tyranny of archaic and bulky wall mounts, allowing for the ultimate TV, monitor, or digital display viewing. This customizable track system mounts to the ceiling and houses integrated A/V wires, components, and a SmartMotor out of view inside an overhead track system. The track can be installed in nearly any shape and length, allowing for linear and vertical movement, as well as 360-degree rotation.
Applications for Trak-kit range from residential to commercial, and in any industry that uses flat panel displays, particularly in conference rooms that hold in-person meetings or virtual conference meetings. Using programs written into the SmartMotor, paintings with flat panel monitors mounted on the back can move along the track in a board room and rotate, positioned over a chair, so that the digital display faces the conference table or any direction desired. One multinational pharmaceutical client wanted a state of the art telepresence system for their 17ft long board of director’s conference table, requesting that panels of the wall weighing over 600 lbs. move to reveal two 65-inch Panasonic Pro monitors that came forward and rotated 180 degrees along a 42-inch track.
“With such applications, we couldn’t afford to play around with something unreliable. We also needed a servo motor that simply sent DC voltage with minimal cabling, because too many cables lead to artifacts in the video signal,” said Shadi. “The idea that all those components sit inside the SmartMotor was also a key factor in the buying decision. All the code stored in the motor’s internal memory meant that if there was a power loss, all of our programming wasn’t lost with it.”
Trak-kit can accomplish almost any custom track and movement required, including moving around corners, zig-zagging through rooms, and stopping at optimal viewing positions. Trak-kit/Animatics even have an apps to allow the iPhone or iPad to function as a remote control for the system. All two-way communications happen within the SmartMotor, allowing the apps to send simple ASCII code to operate.
Trak-kit looked at other integrated motors for their design, but ultimately chose SmartMotor for its capabilities and simplicity. “We could have bought other motors and saved a little money at the very beginning, but the amount of time we saved integrating and programming the SmartMotor to work with our custom tracks was well worth it. In the end, the cheaper motor doesn’t really pay off when you factor in design time.”