Vinten Radamec ICE cool head a first for broadcast robotics9 September 2011
The new Fusion FHR-35 pan and tilt head from Vinten Radamec is the first to incorporate Intelligent Control Engineering (ICE), a new platform that is claimed to deliver “unprecedented control and accuracy in an innovative and highly compact form factor”, writes David Fox.
The head is suitable for a broad range of applications from legislatures to studios, and allows broadcast engineers to plan ahead through an upgradeable option for augmented/virtual reality production environments.
It is designed for payloads up to 16kg, and uses Ethernet to connect to the HDVRC studio robotics controller or legislative system controller. The ICE internal motors and processing allow it to give both the fastest and the slowest movement, as well as pan and tilt accuracy better than 0.01º.
Besides moving under robotic control, the FHR-35 also provides precise position reporting back to the controller, together with zoom and focus data from a digital lens. Using ICE means that there are no external interface boxes or power supplies, making it the most compact head in its range.
“The Intelligence in ICE is a really important advance,” said Karen Walker, robotics commercial manager for Vinten Radamec. The FHR-35 “can be remote configured for very fast set-up, and because it has its own control intelligence built in it responds incredibly quickly. This is a completely new concept in camera robotics and it has been incorporated into a surprisingly compact head. Both the design and the technology is different to anything else on the market and a remarkable leap forward.”