An Unforgettable Installation

With a sound that can be heard over the busy atmosphere of some hospitals – Split Flap Displays are perfect for relaying information in a unique, artful way while engaging the passer by.  Oat Foundry can help you streamline the way information is communicated in a healthcare setting with Split Flap Displays.

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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 in Hospitals

There are over 5,500 registered hospitals in the United States. With more than 130 million visits to the emergency room and over 890,000 staffed beds, information needs to be relayed amongst medical staff in the blink of an eye to administer proper care.  In Emergency Rooms, after patients are checked in and assessed at triage, Split Flap Displays can be used to call them back when medical staff are available. Split Flap Displays can showcase any combination of numbers and letters, making it easy to showcase where they are in the queue.


Additionally, Split Flap Displays can be utilized to display important medical information to doctors and nurses. Simplify doctor and nurse assignments, patient conditions, and more.  Split Flap Displays can be updated in seconds with the most relevant information with a sound that grabs people’s attention, making it easy for hospital staff to stay on task.


Split Flap Displays can also serve as hospital directories, displaying room numbers, doctor’s office locations, and more.

Split Flap Displays can be heard flipping over the clamor of emergency rooms, hospital hallways, and atrium settings.  They are equipped with the capability to combine numbers, letters and symbols in any order, making your display options virtually endless – here are some examples of how Split Flap could be incorporated at your hospital:


Attention-Grabbing Animations

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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

Click through to learn more about how to use our custom Split Flap Web App


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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