My Compact, Portable, Storable Bridge Build
I recently came across the opportunity to acquire five 21" 10-point capacitive touch displays, as well as 5 Lenovo workstations. I've used this equipment at a convention from a few years back and I know that they work excellently for Artemis. Now that I've got this hardware, I've begun the process of designing and now constructing my own portable bridge setup.
I started by modeling the bridge in Sketchup. The goal was to make it collapsible so that it would be compact for storage in a garage or storage unit (or even in a closet under stairs). So in the design there's two side supports, and then a center column, the center column houses the PCs and is designed to have a mesh screen on the front and back to allow for air flow. The board across the supports is designed to be removable so that all of the supports can be stacked side-by-side for storage. The displays are designed to use a flush VESA mount on the boards so that the displays can be removed for storage.
The initial build was started yesterday, some adjustments have been made on the fly, primarily we determined that the side supports could be half as thick and still be very stable, this will be beneficial as it will reduce the overall size of the footprint for storage and provide more leg room for the helm and tactical officer. I've also since redesigned the HOTAS mounts for the helm station in the 3D model. Overall though I'm very happy with the initial progress and stability. I should be getting my flush VESA mounts on Tuesday, I'm hoping I'll be able to make more progress then.
I look forward to any feedback or ideas.