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FOLD! 2.0 | 2020


FOLD! 2.0 | 2020
FOLD! 2.0 | 2020

Designers: Ralf Kuechel, ELEMENT ONE, ELEMENT ONE Multimedia GmbH, Kuppenheim, Germany
Manufacturer: ELEMENT ONE Multimedia GmbH, Kuppenheim, Germany



Project Description

Before the Fold, every vertical retractable monitor on the market rose up vertically from out of the desk, then tilted back to around 20-30 degrees for a good viewing angle.
The problem arises when the monitor needs to be a touchscreen. This is because the cassette body of the monitor requires mounting far enough away from the front of the desk to allow the user enough legroom under the desk.

This is a distance of around 50cm, add to this the distance the screen is tilted back away from the user and you end up with a total distance of around 60 cm, too far to reach to make operation of a touchscreen comfortable, therefore making vertical touchscreens pointless.

Until now, there was no product on the market that could bridge the gap between user and touchscreen. The design team was asked to come up with a radical solution, and the Fold was born.
As with all Element One products, they strived to make the Fold best in-class. This included keeping its overall weight, giving it the smallest possible dimensions (main cassette body is only 80 mm), the lowest in-class power consumption, plus a near silent operating noise level.

All Fold components were chosen for their long service life and lightness of weight. The aircraft-grade extruded aluminum used to manufacture the chassis is CNC machined and fabricated in our machine shop.

The internal screen-lift mechanism utilizes self-lubricating gears, cogs and belts.

The Fold is controlled by pressing one of the two buttons mounted on top of the face plate. The final stopping distance and screen angle can also be controlled from these two buttons.
This allows the end user to adjust the screen distance and viewing angle themselves at any time during use to find their perfect screen position, giving them the most comfortable experience.
A total of 13 screen commands such as raise, lower, screen image on/off etc can be sent to the Fold through its TCP/IP interface - via an RJ45 Ethernet cable.
After consulting and receiving feedback from System Integrators TCP/IP was chosen as the preferred communication protocol, since it was required that the Fold was software agnostic thus making it compatible with all control platforms.

The near silent operation and very low power consumption of the Fold were only made possible by utilising two independently driven stepper motors within its design.
This also allows to create very precise mechanical movements and therefore very accurate screen raising and lowering times.

This is especially useful in a multiscreen installation such as a boardroom, to ensure that the first and last screen in a chain work in perfect synchronicity of movement, regardless of the number of screens.