When 95m superyacht M/Y Neom went into Oceanco for a major rebuild, the client wanted something special to welcome guests on board. A few years later that superyacht was reborn as the 105m M/Y H3 and it has some very special technology to welcome guests onboard.
Within the Welcome Lounge on the Main Deck, the client and designers wanted an open and airy feeling. This was going to be tricky, as the new tender garage made a corridor through to the lounge that would be potentially quite narrow. Additionally, to both port and starboard of the lounge were technical spaces, so windows were not possible.
We sat with the designers and came up with the idea of a large ‘virtual window’.
This LED wall, which measures over 4m wide, utilises a broadcast quality camera that is located near the fashion plate on the starboard side. You’d have to look very closely for the opening as it seamlessly blends into the yacht’s sleek curves.
The camera streams uncompressed video through to the videowall with almost no lag. We opted to use the HD-SDI format over HDMI, as any compression of the video signal would be very visible on the high-quality LED screen.
Of course, if the client chooses to, the virtual window can be turned into a large screen TV at the click of a button (quite literally; on the control iPad) with the full range of AV sources afforded to the rest of the vessel.
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