Wall-Smart Flush Mounts at ISE 2013: Has TruFIG Met its Match?
Wall-Smart mounting system makes iPads, iPods, and home automation keypads and touchscreens disappear in the wall; Israeli company offers solutions for Crestron, Savant, Sonance, NuVo, more.
Julie Jacobson · February 4, 2013
Dana Innovations, parent of iPort and Sonance, started something big a few years ago when it launched TruFIG, a system for flush-mounting keypads, touchscreens and other electronics in a wall so that the frame virtually disappears.
TruFIG has found a strong following among designers and architects and their elite clientele. At ISE 2013, Israel-based Wall-Smart showed some alternatives to TruFIG, which so far has faced little competition.
Wall-Smart is sort of TruFIG for the rest of us, with a full range of products for obscuring in-wall devices from Leviton (and any other Decora-style device), Crestron, Philips Dynalite, NuVo, Sonance, Savant and others.
The company sells the back boxes and frames; the controllers are set into their designated frames and snapped to the wallbox via magnets. The frames can be painted to match the wall.
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Of course Wall-Smart also offers mounts for iPads and iPods, with an optional security feature. For the standard iPad mount, simply press and click the frame to release. For the secured version, a special magnet strategically placed on the frame releases the device (see video below). Wall-Smart offers a biometric version as well.
As far as faceplates go, Wall-Smart isn’t exactly cheap. While decent off-the-shelf faceplates might cost $5 to $25, a flush-mountable frame from Wall-Smart starts at about $140 for a basic keypad (with generous margins). Still, it’s cheaper than the competition.
Wall-Smart offers other design-friendly solutions as well, such as decorative chases for lighting and cables. Check out the video and slideshow below.
VIDEO: Wall-Smart’s Galia Ben-Dor demo’s secured, flush-mounted iPad at ISE 2013
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at email@example.com
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