In a never-been-done-before visual experience for the new Quantum Class cruise ships, Daktronics worked hand-in-hand with all parties involved from the initial concept through the final installation to provide a first-of-its-kind experience now available on cruise ships and known as RoboScreens.

Christopher Vlassopulos, superintendent of SLVR and architectural lighting for Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises, explains: “We were looking to develop the next big ‘WOW’ feature for the Quantum Class and after initiating concepts with ABB and Robotic Arts, it became apparent that selecting the best display solution would be a critical element.

“Because a robotic visual screen had never been implemented on a ship, there were numerous concerns about the technical viability, long-term reliability and overall quality. We were pleased to meet Daktronics, who then utilised their engineering and US-based facility resources to work as partners in the successful design and testing of the RoboScreen concept.”

The manufacturer worked in partnership with Robot animator Andy Flessas, aka andyRobot of Robotic Arts to create the concept.

Six LED video displays were mounted to robots in the room known as Two70, which is named for its magnificent 270° panoramic sea views provided by floor-to-ceiling glass walls that span almost three decks high at the stern of the ship.

This multi-level great room fuses entertainment and technology to create a ‘transformative’ journey for guests from morning to night.

The displays can be moved, turned and rotated in coordination with custom-made 3D animations and video signals.

Each display features 4mm line spacing and measures approximately 1.22m high by 2.13m wide for over 15sq-m of display space in each club.

Two70 transforms into entertainment spaces in the evenings with the LED video displays serving as the focal point.

“The results have been fantastic,” says Christopher. “Daktronics has been a solid partner for these ships as well as a number of other Royal Caribbean ships for which Daktronics has installed outdoor SMD LED screens. We’re very pleased with the quality and reliability of the product and, just as importantly, the response and the quality of customer service.”

Daktronics also provided an outdoor LED video display on the pool deck of each ship.

The displays measure approximately 3.66m high by 7.01m wide and feature 10mm line.

They are largely used as a poolside movie screen to provide entertainment to passengers, but can also be used to provide passengers with important information and announcements.

Peter Dunkle, Daktronics sales representative, says: “Daktronics is proud to be part of this groundbreaking project from the initial idea through extensive testing and working with everyone involved to make this project a reality.

“It is critical that LED displays withstand all the different structural, environmental and weather-related aspects that are inherent on cruise ships, including superior brightness to maintain visibility in high ambient light conditions. Daktronics product engineering groups have developed products that meet and exceed the requirements for open sea applications. We’re excited to be able to provide a solution for this important customer application and for the unprecedented RoboScreen project.”

All of the displays on each ship feature SMD (surface-mount device) 3-in-1 LED technology that has been tested past the point of failure in Daktronics reliability lab.

These displays are proven to be reliable in all types of weather and climates, including the moist and salty environment provided by the high seas.

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