When we started developing a multimedia player based on Raspberry Pi we already knew that projection mapping would not be the only product purpose.
In collaboration with our colleagues that rent out LED screens, we have added some features that are ideal for them.
The known problem of LED rental companies is the content playback system. Often, these Chinese-built screens rely for content playback on very badly designed softwares and require a laptop, always on and running, behind the LED display.
LED screens never have standard proportion and resolution, also these softwares often do not allow to deform / adapt the content to the LED installation size (which is always different). The current solution for this installations is to use a scaler between the playback computer and the LED controller. The cheapest Chinese scaler costs 1000 €, the market leader called Barco ImagePRO-II (aka Folsom) costs around € 5000.
Not to mention the usual problem of leaving a PC to a customer at the trade show, where the customer's sixteen year old grandson will come and touch everything and make the LED no longer work (resulting in assistance).
Thanks to KU things are a lot easier. In a simple and fast way you can:
- Resize the video content to the size of the installed LED screen, with all the freedom of cropping and positioning.
- Create playlists of content and customise crop, positioning and audio volume for each playlist item.
- Set a calendar playback and decide which video content to run and at what time.
- Give the customer a device anti geek, anti sixteen year old nephew.
- Give the customer control of the installation through a convenient and practical smartphone app that talk with KU via Wi-Fi.
In the world of rental companies there are always many problems, KU is thought to solve them. KU is made by professionals from the show business and multimedia installations industry. We know well what a device needs to be a valid product in the professional area:
- It must be on 24/7 and be solid like a rock. If anything goes wrong, it MUSTS AUTONOMOUSLY start off again.
- It must be able to be handled by untrained staff.
- It must be simple and quick to use (training employees and customers cost a lot of money!)