An Unforgettable Installation

Every year, millions of people go out to bars to grab a drink, far and wide, from small pubs to franchise institutions. When you go out, the experience is often all too typical:  glance at a handheld copy of the drink menu or search the bar for tap-handles to see which one looks familiar – Split Flap seeks to break that monotony.

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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 Restaurants

Consumers placing orders on kiosks or directly from their phones can quickly get distracted by a notification from social media, a text, or a call. How can you be sure they’re listening for an employee to call out their name, informing them their order is ready?


Split Flap Displays make it easy to relay information to customers. Split Flap Displays can be heard changing information, even over the hustle and bustle of crowded bars and restaurants. The nostalgic sound of a clicking Split Flap Board …gets your patrons talking, reminiscing and engaging more with their surroundings and each other.

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

Split Flap Boards work great in bar settings. The possibilities are virtually endless, from providing pricing for drinks to listing game updates and scores, advertising drink specials, and even listing out the ingredients used to make specific drinks, adding a Split Flap Display to any bar setting automatically amplifies the venue’s cool factor.  Here are some examples of how to use Split Flap in your bar:

Menu Items

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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