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Jan 11, 2018

Vestaboard brings the internet to old-school mechanical split-flap displays

Split-flap mechanical signs are sadly a relic of a bygone era — while the famous, clacking boards were once used in train stations the world over, advances in technology have seen most of them retired in favor of boring digital displays.

But at CES 2018, split-flap displays are getting a second life with the Vestaboard, an internet connected mechanical display that merges the classic clattering flaps of a retro train board with modern internet technology.

The display can show up to 161 characters at a time in a 23 x 7 grid, with each character offering 70 different options to display (the 26 letters of the alphabet, the 10 roman numerals, 8 solid colors, and a variety of punctuation marks). Vestaboard has posted a video showing how...

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