April 11, 2007 by Arlen Schweiger
With an increasing number of homeowners seeking to conceal their flat-panel displays when not in use, manufacturers are appealing to them with solutions such as framed artwork. Vutec Corporation recently introduced its ArtScreen M-Series, a motorized flat-screen masking system that transforms a plasma or LCD television into a work of art.
The M-Series uses a remote-controlled robotic arm for adjusting the viewing angle of flat panel displays to eliminate glare and reflection. Tilt up/down and swivel range provides maximum mounting location flexibility while maintaining optimum viewing angle, the company says.
The ArtScreen system incorporates a hardwood frame and retractable screen with a giclee print to create an automated retractable work of art that serves as an attractive mechanism to hide a TV. When the artwork is retracted, the screen is visible for high-definition viewing within the frame. When the television is not in use, a reproduction of art or photography is displayed within the framing.
ArtScreen M-Series is available in standard display sizes for flat-panel televisions of 40 inches and larger. The traditional ArtScreen system is available in sizes up to 65 inches and CineScape is the solution for video projection screens up to 110 inches in size. Custom sizes can also be accommodated, the company adds.
Custom artwork, such as family photography or corporate logos, can also be reproduced, the company says. Available frame styles, liners, and images for reproduction can be seen at www.vutec.com/artscreen.
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