#GEZEhack – individual masterpiece with GEZE Slimchain drive

Automatic window and door drives from GEZE impress not only on large-scale projects in hotels and hospitals, but also as individual solutions. This “masterpiece” from Jonas Wessler demonstrates just how versatile our products can be on DIY projects.

Masterful: Sideboard with soundbar and technical highlights

Jonas Wessler is training as a master carpenter. The masterpiece is an important part of his training. A lover of music and technology, Jonas Wessler quickly grasped: his masterpiece had to involve music – and with an innovative technical surprise.

  • The goal: a self-designed sideboard with integrated music system.
  • The clever thing about it: the soundbar can be extended as needed – by intelligent remote control from a mobile phone.
  • The challenge: soundbar and lift drive have to offer an impressively slim design and intelligent user convenience.
  • The solution: the Bose Soundbar 300, combined with the GEZE Slimchain chain drive and the Somfy Smart Home app.

In pursuit of a goal – from first draft to full technical solution

The sideboard - the sound bar hides almost invisibly inside.
Thanks to the Slimchain chain drive, the soundbar moves out of the sideboard.

Jonas Wessler explains how his movable electric music system, which he has integrated into his self-designed sideboard, came into being.

“When the first drafts of my sideboard were ready, I bought a Bose Soundbar 300 because its slim design fitted well into my overall concept. As the space requirement was minimal, I had to find a small and discreet motor.”

The difficulty lay in finding a drive motor offering a slim design and quiet operation. It was here that Jonas Wessler’s specialist background knowledge came into play:

“As the third generation in my family’s business, which manufactures front doors for sale throughout Germany and also runs a regional timber store, I am very familiar with several professional products. This was the advantage for me: I bought a GEZE Slimchain chain drive, which is normally designed for opening a window, and which was easy to fit into my music sideboard due to its slim design. After several attempts and deliberations, I was able to move the soundbar electrically using this drive, exactly as I had imagined.”

The idea of using the intelligent GEZE Slimchain window drive offered another advantage for the DIY project:

Next, I faced the problem of how to control the motor so that the soundbar could be retracted and extended by mobile phone. For this, I chose a Somfy Smart Home control. This allows me to use the Somfy app, which normally controls shutters, to now control the GEZE Slimchain drive.

Jonas Weßler

The result is impressive: when closed, the soundbar is invisible, so it’s quite a highlight when the soundbar is extended via the GEZE drive and the Somfy app.

“Even today, I still find this solution impressive, as I can now use my mobile to extend the soundbar from the sideboard, and then connect to the soundbar via Bluetooth, before playing the music I want.”

Impressive solution with intelligent user convenience

This intelligent solution impressed not only Jonas Wessler and his trainers: on 10 November 2018, he had the opportunity to present his “sideboard with sound” in Koblenz to a wide audience at the “Nacht der Technik” technology show. Trade fair visitor and Federal Minister Julia Klöckner also loved the solution.

So we ask the question: are there more GEZE customers out there using GEZE systems innovatively for their DIY projects? If that’s you, or you know of someone, please drop us a line! We can’t wait for you to share your #GEZEhacks with us!

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