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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

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Jul 29, 2014

Planar Mosaic Video Wall Creates a Dynamic Platform for High-End Apartments

In the luxury apartment rental arena in the Chicago area, competition is fierce. One forward-thinking player in the market, M&R Development, is setting itself apart and increasing leasing interest by making pioneering use of video wall technology from Planar in its new 73 East Lake building located in the city's trendy Millennium Park area. Setting a uniquely vibrant tone and identity for the building is a Chicago first: a lobby installation of a Planar Mosaic Architectural Video Wall. Planar Mosaic is a new and dynamic platform with which a real estate entity such as M&R - or any entity for that matter - can differentiate itself, appeal more More…

Planar Mosaic

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Jul 22, 2014

Tapping into Power of Planar: A story of partnership

At this year’s InfoComm International show in Vegas, we wanted to highlight the Planar® LookThru™ transparent LCD displays. This product allows consumers to view physical products behind an LCD surface glass and is ideal for retail merchandising, corporate displays, exhibits, award or trophy cases in education or corporate settings, tradeshows, and a wide range of other architectural applications. To show off it’s capability to the fullest extent, we partnered up with Power Creative out of Louisville, Kentucky, to develop an experience that combined transparent LCD with touch interactivity. Being true Kentuckians, they came back to us with an idea to use More…

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Jul 16, 2014

Ultra-Narrow Bezel LCD Video Wall with Redundant, Off-board Power

Since it’s initial launch in 2010, the Clarity Matrix has been designed for 24/7 reliability.  Clarity Matrix's unique off-board electronics design means that any system failure can be easily accessible, reducing downtime and keeping your vital video wall up and running. Off-board power means no outlets behind the wall, a cool fan-less design which is whisper quiet, and the popular option for redundant power supplies which keep the wall in continuous operation.  With a 25 percent reduction in heat produced, the new Clarity Matrix with G2 Architecture exceeds performance expectations even in the most demanding environments and improves reliability over other More…

Clarity Matrix