|Stewart Filmscreen Introduces Microprocessor-Base Control Device|
|Home Theater News Video Projector Screens News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Monday, 23 June 2003|
The Binary Reciprocal Intelligent Control System, nicknamed “the BRIC,” is the industry’s first microprocessor-based control device designed for precision setting of projection screen and masking screen elements to match the aspect ratio of projection video images. The system eliminates multiple controllers for screen/masking systems and substantially reduces the setup time required by existing analog control devices. BRIC saves time, cost and adds premier functionality to retractable and masking projection screens in custom installations. BRIC is available on any Stewart ElectriScreen or ElectriMask system including those with the trap door feature and those units with more sophisticated combined horizontal and vertical masking elements.
Until now, programming settings for Stewart ElectriScreen (retractable screens) or ElectriMask (masking screens) devices was either done at the factory during production or by the installer at the installation site (a very time consuming and expensive process). Now with the BRIC, programming now only involves electronically positioning the screen and any provided masking panels (horizontal or vertical) to a desired configuration (16:9, 4:3, 1.85:1, 2.35:1 or other custom size) with the BRIC’s keypad or its IR remote and then “storing” that position into memory at the push of a button. In the past, 4-8 hours of down time for programming was the norm and only a simple preset was possible. With the BRIC, programming the ElectriScreen or ElectriMask is as simple as programming a DVD player. It can be done in 5 minutes after the screen is deployed.
BRIC is the first digital, intelligent motor control system with multiple connection systems for external interfaces (RS-232/RS-422) using CAT 5 connections, multiple external Screen Trigger Interfaces using 18 gauge wire (for projectors with one or more triggers for the aspect ratio projected), and external IR and/or keypad interfaces using CAT 5 (or CAT 3) connections. Depending on your BRIC model, Stewart will supply systems such as those from AMX, Crestron, Elan Home System or other similar HA systems or standalone Pcs.