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Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by richjthorpe, Feb 15, 2005.

  1. richjthorpe

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    Hi all,

    Has anyone got any ideas on how you'd be able to hide an LCD (Or Plasma for this thread) when it isn't being used ?

    We have our LCD mouted on the wall 6 inches above the back of sofa. It's a great position from the other sofa (2 Sofas face each other) but with little nephews who love to jump around on the sofas and my own daughter (Only 4 months at the moment but I'm sure she'd find it exciting running her finger on the screen....."Look at this mummy", "Yes, that's very nice, but stop now because your father's having a heart attack") growing up quickly, I think I should act now while we are decorating the front room.

    I will be knocking a hole in the wall so that the tv will be flush with the wall when I've done with it. Anyone seen or done something that works ?

    Thanks all,

    Richie.
     
  2. hornydragon

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    have a look at Atlantis furniture based in wiltshire and future automation both have nifty systems for disguising TV's but the best is the Marata vision Mirror .....HIDE TV behind a mirror!!!!
     
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    Hang a big picture over it :D
     
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    exactly what atlantis do (then it rolls up into frame when watching TV!)
     
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    I've just been looking into that actually. I've sourced a company called Somfy that do the motors for rollerblinds and Simplyautomate stock the stuff. I'm OK with paying £90 for the motor, but they want another £150 for a transformer from 240vAC to 24V DC What's all that about ?!

    I'll take a look at Atlantis though. Looks like I'll be in the workshop building prototypes soon !

    Cheers,

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  6. dotBlue

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    Sorry to drag this thread back up again... but Rich, have you found a way to hide the plasma?

    I would be really interested to what you did.

    Cheers,

    Rav
     
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    I believe Philips make (or made?) a range of LCDs which had picture frame-style surrounds and looked like a mirror when not in use. I saw one in Selfridges Manchester (Trafford). Looked quite effective.
     
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    You could just mount a large picture or mirror etc on two linear slides with a closed position catch. Then when you want to see the tv, manually undo the catch and slide the picture/mirror up/down left or right (your choice). To hide the tv, slide the picture back and redo the catch.

    Alternately use two ball screws instead of slides and use a small motor to rotate them thus raising and lowering the picture.

    With sensors nowadays you can then get really clever and let certain people have access to the tv at certain times. IE if the kids are watching, the picture automatically closes when Cbeebies ends.

    The joys of automation, Your imagination is the only limiting factor........Oh , and money!
     
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    thanks for replies!

    Does anyone have any pictures of these kind of setups?


    Cheers,
     
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    MArata vision (retro where are you) make Mirror covers for screens that are mirrors when screen is off and TV's when on i think they can be made to any size so track down Marata or Retro (forum member for more info prices etc)
     
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    You could also consider

    intekvcf.co.uk

    they do motorized stands and are based in the uk...

    after seeing one on demo in my local hifi store I am well impressed with them.

    Regards

    Bradley
     
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    http://www.intekvcf.co.uk/Default.asp?Page=33

    now that looks the nuts :) its a great idea too, imagine a burglar walking in your front room. hey theses tight gits dont even have a telly :D LMAO

    pity mines already hanging on the wall
     
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    Cheers,

    The concealed plasma radiator cover does look very impressive! Does anyone know any prices for this unit?
     
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    Think we can guess that it will be VERY EXPENSIVE, probably more than your plasma!!

    Steve
     

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