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Oct 13, 2014

Clarity Matrix vs. Multi-Stream Transporting

What you need to know about Multi-Stream Transport and Video Wall Tiling DisplayPort 1.2 supports MST (Multi-Stream Transport) daisy chaining of monitors and it has created confusion in the industry.   People may mistake MST support for video wall tiling.  MST was designed for desktop monitors as a way of reducing cable count and desk clutter.  On their website, DisplayPort talks about the advantages of multiple monitors on your desk for productivity, multi-tasking, and immersive gaming.  It was not, however, designed for video walls.  This is very clear when you see the bandwidth limits that they publish: Display Resolution  (standard 60 frames More…

Clarity Matrix , Multi-Stream Transport , Video wall tiling

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Oct 09, 2014

Fostering Creative Partnerships at the Intersection of Art and Technology

Portland Design Week is in full-swing with open house events at designers all over the city, many of whom are showing Planar products in their labs and showrooms. We partnered with the Society for Environmental Graphics (SEGD) on their public art exhibit entitled “Revolution in the Landscape: Re-experiecne Halprin’s Fountains" on Tuesday night. At Keller Fountain, the Mayer/Reed team supplied the crowd with glow sticks to start their journey. Guest reported that it was magical to watch the glowing crowd move through theses great public spaces while experiencing a variety of installations – from kinetic sculpture, to chalk art and projected animations, from More…

planar systems , designweekportland

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Oct 07, 2014

The Digital Oilfield

Trends in Oil and Gas and the Planar Visualization Tools that Make it Possible The majority of the earth's fossil energy resources have already been discovered. The world’s experts know where the deposits are located, but most of the easy-to-access resources have already been tapped (think oil rush days in Texas with oil gushing out of the ground!). So nowadays, the trick is to extract it in a cost effective way that complies with the ever increasing safety and environmental regulations. Getting the most from their assets – often referred to as “the digital oilfield”, is one of the key trends in the oil and gas industry today. Allowing companies to More…

Planar UltraRes , oil and gas trends , digital displays in oilfields , digital oilfield , 24x7 displays , 4K displays

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Sep 25, 2014

Planar and Design Week Portland

Planar is supporting the local chapter of theSociety of Environment Graphic Design (SEGD) and Design Week Portland by sponsoring an exhibit in downtown Portland on October 7th. The event is entitled “Revolution in the Landscape: Re-experience Halprin’s Fountains.” The tour of Lawrence Halprin’s Open Space Sequence begins at the Keller Fountain (SW 3rd and Clay) at 6:30 PM and extends through Pettygrove Park, Lovejoy Fountain, and the Source Fountain and is a free event for the design community in the region. We encourage people to engage with the community and look forward to more collaboration in the future. Together with SEGD, Planar seeks to inspire More…

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Sep 17, 2014

Planar Mosaic is Centerpiece of New Zealand's First Living Building

Tūhoe is a proud community of indigenous New Zealanders intent on cementing its identity as a people focused on a positive, distinctive future. Tūhoe has begun to establish a bold new identity, starting with the construction of a new headquarters building for the community: Te Uru Taumatua, New Zealand’s first Living Building. The facility houses all the staff of the Tūhoe community leadership. In addition, it includes a library and a cafe and provides space for community meetings and cultural events. Architecturally, Te Uru Taumatua is designed to make an unmistakable first impression, an objective that is met on many levels, including the display More…

video wall , Planar Mosaic

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Sep 11, 2014

The Mission is Always Critical

For over 30 years, Planar has sold flat panel displays and systems to customers in mission critical applications. From military operations to utility control rooms, from broadcast centers to healthcare, we understand the importance of high-performance displays that work reliably under pressure. Our customers expect it from us. As we have expanded our product offering and reach to digital signage, we have expanded our understanding of what it takes to be mission critical. As an example, take the Institute for Emerging Issues which build a commons on the campus of the North Carolina State University to create a platform for engagement on a wide range of More…

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Sep 04, 2014

Digital Signage Walking Tour of Portland

The weather in the late summer in Portland is very good. When other parts of the country are cooling off, Portland weather often stays sunny and in the 70’s through September and October. It is a perfect time to take a walking tour in this fair city to explore a number of Planar digital signage installations. The following route will take approximately 1 hour. Follow the links below for more case study information, photos, and videos of selected installations. 1. Start off at Nike Portland (638 SW 5th Avenue, marked A on the map). The store is across from the Pioneer Place shopping center and parking is readily available in garages in the area. Here on More…

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Aug 18, 2014

Interactivity in Reality : Creating Interactive Content

In this first post of this series, we talked about the tools, both software and hardware, used to create and deploy interactive content. In the second post, we discussed basics of user interface design. And in this third and final post, we’ll have some case studies of effective content development that we have seen for Planar touch displays in various sizes. Planar’s library of case studies and installation profiles includes many touch interactive displays. I wanted to highlight a few of those here. Engaging Museum VisitorsThe Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is an award-winning museum in Portland, Oregon. They partnered with Fashionbuddha More…

touch display , touch video wall , Touch Screen Displays

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Aug 12, 2014

The User is Always Right. Creating Interactive Content

In the first post of this series, we talked about the tools, both software and hardware, used to create and deploy interactive content. In this second post, we will discuss some basics of user interface design. There are agencies and experts that literally spend a life-time designing, testing, and refining user interfaces. There are awards given, books written, and we won’t dare to cover the full range of this discipline of User Interface Design or User Experience Design. There is simply too much to cover. But there are a few things that we’d recommend you keeping in mind when designing touch content for Planar displays. 1. Consider the physical display More…

Touch Screen , touch display

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Aug 04, 2014

Content is King. Creating Interactive Content

There is a growing emphasis on touch interactivity in the digital signage market as more and more brands and companies are seeing the benefit of customer engagement, now that our smart phones and tablets have taught us to think of displays as input devices. But a frequently asked question that we receive is from brands or their agencies wondering how best to create quality interactive content. There are multiple ways to approach this challenge. In this post, we will talk about the tools, both software and hardware, used to create and deploy interactive content. Most interactive content over the years has been built using similar tools and platforms to More…

ep-series , 4K , Planar UltraRes