An Unforgettable Installation

As Split Flap Displays quietly disappear from transit stations across the U.S., artists, designers, and tinkerers seek to utilize their technology to create meaningful visual installations. This highly-sought after machinery is coveted by many because of the nostalgic sense it adds to their artwork’s aesthetic.

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Split Flap is a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable installation: the intersection of mesmerizing art, electro-mechanical complexity, and updated interactive technology – a major brand investment for any space.

Split Flap Display as Art Installations

Split Flap Displays are changing the ways in which the world digests artwork. The sound of their display changing can be heard in even the nosiest setting, making them ideal for artists who wish to display their work in public spaces. With Split Flap Displays, artists and designers are able to captivate an audience, enticing them to take in their work. What’s more, the nostalgic sound of a clicking Split Flap Board automatically amplifies your artwork’s cool factor, leaving more people talking, spreading the word, and tempting others to check it out.

Check out what we did for Honeygrow, a restaurant group based in Philly:

You don’t have to wait for a retired Split Flap Display to come into your possession. Oat Foundry can create a customized solution that meets your needs, whether you’re creating a humongous work of art or generating brand awareness. Contact us today.  Here are some examples of how to use Split Flap as art:

Attention-Grabbing Animations

Multi-Color Flaps

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How Oat Foundry Makes Split Flap Displays

Each Oat Foundry Split Flap Display contains an array of individual modules.  Each module comes with 50 unique character flaps and its own driving motor.  Using a hall effect sensor, the modules continuously track their home position to avoid miscommunication.  The Oat Foundry Split Flap Display runs on Linux and has a cloud based messaging interface so you can send it your custom messages from anywhere in the world – manually or autonomously.  See below how you can talk directly to your Split Flap Display anywhere, anytime.

The Split Flap is designed and manufactured with over 5,800 parts per standard 48 module display which runs on 110-220V power. Numbers, letters, and characters are displayed on each flap, precisely rotated to show the desired message commanded by our interface.

From sheet metal and PCB design to how we get the motors to turn the flaps, Oat Foundry designs and manufactures every part of our Split Flap Displays right here in our shop just outside of Philadelphia, PA.

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Talk to Your Split Flap

with our custom Split Flap Web App

Create Message

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Choose from Saved Messages

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Schedule Your Messages

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View Pending Messages

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What Makes Us Different

Our Split Flap Display is updated for the 21st century and fully customizable.  Our web app was built from the ground up with the Split Flap in mind so each of the thousands of parts work in harmony instantly once you press “Send” on your message.  Our Split Flap Display can also be integrated with a variety of API’s including common social media platforms, point of sale systems, transit systems, weather, messaging services, and more.  The WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities directly incorporated into our display offer a host of new applications for this nostalgic tech.

Oat Foundry also offers various levels of customization options to tailor your Split Flap to fit your brand.  From our standard black with white text, you can change the sheet metal (cabinet) color as well as the flap/font color to fit your needs.  If color isn’t enough, we can also build in a custom font package as well as several custom characters (like emojis or logos) that fit the message you’re trying to send – all in any size you’d like.

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