Rail Display Innovation by Pixel Track - Bhavik Mistry
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Pixel Track Rail Information Display

Rail Display Innovation by Pixel Track

Browsing through my Feedly one morning, I happened to come across this interesting piece of technology innovated by Berg Studios. With all of the light rail vehicle design talk I had been absorbing over the past year, this piece of technology naturally presented itself as a solution for displaying information in a light rail vehicle or at a station.

So What is It?

It categorizes itself as a connected display at its most basic level. It uses a set of mechanical pixels to display information sent to it over a network. Take a look at the video below, as it will explain it much better.

Pixel Track from Berg on Vimeo.

So why are they great for light rail vehicles?

Light rail vehicles are a complicated beast to say the least. They contain a huge array of interconnected mechanical, electrical and aesthetic components, that work together to get the train moving and provide a safe and comfortable trip. Typically, these vehicles are electrically powered, and power requirements depend heavily on the weight of the vehicle.

Because of Pixel Track’s simplicity of design, a significant portion of the weight is reduced when compared to a conventional LED Passenger Information Display. The signs also have the ability to display their messages without consuming any power. Power is only needed to flip the pixels to display the initial message, and remove the previous one.

For those trains taking shorter trips, this product may not be a solution. The constant flipping of the pixels will probably wear the parts down, ultimately requiring more maintenance than a typical LED. However, for longer journeys, the Pixel Track could be an interesting new take on a classic idea.

With technology constantly moving forward, it’s always interesting to see creators take two steps back and innovate.

I’m sure there are plenty of other great uses in a wide range of industries. Feel free to comment below.

If you’re interested in finding out more, you can check out the following link:

http://bergcloud.com/case-studies/pixel-track

 

— bhavik . . .

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