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(Continuation of another thread, but branching to new topic.)

PC Keyboard/mouse tray for recliner and 55" monitor?
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I am trying to set up a really comfy PC workstation using a recliner and a big 55" monitor which I intend to be using from about 6-7 ft away. Basically the monitor will be just beyond the reach of the recliner foot rest.

And yes, it IS necessary to be this close to see the pixels clearly on a huge 55-inch 1920x1080 monitor without "UI enlarging". I took a laptop to an electronics store to check out the view with a 55-inch floor model, and it really does look best from about 7-8 ft away. Any further and the pixels start to get too small to read clearly.



I slouch in most chairs anyway, and office chairs have no reclining back support so this leads to back pain, etc. Why should people have to be uncomfortable using a computer for work and play?

I'll need a keyboard and mouse tray. This huge 20"x24" Table Mate tray works pretty well. I would probably use velcro to attach the keyboard to the tray:



However, the next problem is that in the lying back, reclining position, your head is not looking straight ahead. The natural view is 45 degrees up from the headrest of the recliner. Having the monitor down low at the "usual height" will just be more neck pain from using pillows or having to hold my head up continuously.

Ideally, I am looking for a powered monitor lift, but with an additional tilt feature I've never seen before, to tilt the entire screen downward as it rises to keep the screen mostly perpendicular to my eyes:



And it's even more difficult to do this since it is an upstairs bedroom.... the upper corners of the room are "chopped off" by the roof rafters at a 45 degree angle. The tilting monitor would not have any problems clearing this slope in the corner, but I can't run straight track all the way to the ceiling behind it to support it.

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I am aware of these people. No, I don't want to pay more than the cost of the TV monitor itself (Sony 55-inch HX725, about $1700) for their mounting system:
http://www.ergoquest.com/

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(If a mod wants to move this thread somewhere else, please do. This topic is unusual and weird and doesn't seem to really fit any of the hundred other topics on this already extremely specialty forum...)
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Motorized? Why not just a fixed mount on the angled ceiling?

Probably cheaper to get 2 55" monitors, than a custom lift, if you need to view in 2 positions.

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If money is no object, am sure a custom shop will build whatever u need, but it sure is a niche.

Solution: FREE. Explanation: I will have to charge$ you.

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Motorized? Why not just a fixed mount on the angled ceiling?

Probably cheaper to get 2 55" monitors, than a custom lift, if you need to view in 2 positions.

I don't know what height would be best in advance, so permanent mounting means that I may end up having to taking it down and put it back up several times to get to the right spot.

I don't want to have to be repeatedly taking down a 50+ pound monitor high overhead because the height or angle is wrong.
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If money is no object, am sure a custom shop will build whatever u need, but it sure is a niche.

This is the "Do It Yourself" forum section, not the "whip out the checkbook and pay a professional engineering and construction team to design a mount that costs several times over the cost of the display".
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The professional integrator would also hire a company that designs specialized lifts.

You can hire the manufacturerer yourself, if you know how to control it.

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Check firgelli auto for ideas on how to implement with linear actuators:

http://www.firgelliforum.com/
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Why don't you just go for a smaller screen with a desk that has no hutch. Without the hutch you could put a nice set of monitor speakers on it since your pic seems to be neglecting the sound department. Get a nice comfy chair with a moveable ottoman and be good to go.

If your trying to recreate a larger theater like experience in a smaller room you're gonna be disappointed IMO.
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Oh FINE, I give up. I will use the mini-winches I guess. It just costs WAY TOO MUCH to roll your own with engineering gear motors and so forth.

Meanwhile, I can get this for $65 a pop, and it has 2000 lb dead-weight pull rating, with steel cable included right out of the box.


Master Lock 2953AT 12-Volt DC Portable Winch - $65
http://www.amazon.com/Master-Lock-29...sim_sbs_auto_1

Features:
* 12-volt portable winch with remote and hand crank
* Attaches to ball mount or a flat surface with plate
* Capacities: 2000-pound pulling, 5000-pound marine, 6,000-pound rolling
* Includes power battery cables, remote, back-up hand crank and safety hook
* Convenient built-in carrying handle; 1-year warranty

Using two of them:
* I can raise and lower the monitor sled on the track
* I can tilt the monitor in and out from the wall, with one on the sled

Just need some microswitch limit detectors so the winches don't pull the mounting anchors right out of the frame with all that torque.


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For track, this stuff from Grainger looks good, though I'll need to get someone to weld on the angle iron mounts for me.



PACIFIC BEARING - Hardened Crown Rollers - 300lb bearing rating
http://www.pbclinear.com/Download/Te...wn-Rollers.pdf

Crown Rail, 60 In L, 1.655 In W, 0.875 In H, black powder coat, $59 ea
http://m.grainger.com/mobile/details/?R=2CPR2

Crown Roller Bearing, 1.380 Roller Dia, $20 ea
http://m.grainger.com/mobile/details/?R=2CPP4

End Stop, 1.375 In L, 0.750 W, 0.242 H, $3 ea
http://m.grainger.com/mobile/details/?R=2CPP6

Angle Iron for rail mounting, $15
http://m.grainger.com/mobile/details/?R=2CPP5
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You def. are not married. Don't forget to add up your time when building. Professional systems are most likely consumer tested too. Did you ever come up with a solution? Have pictures?
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I'm intrigued too. Did you get anywhere in the last year or so???
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