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May 27, 2015

Wayfinding and Playfinding: an Interview with Leslie Wolke

We had an opportunity to spend some time with Leslie Wolke of Leslie Wolke Consulting in Austin, Texas and New York City.  She is the co-founder of the SEGD’s XLab annual conference and is an independent consultant specializing in wayfinding technologies.  Her clients include the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, New York University Langone Medical Center, and MD Anderson Cancer Center. We asked her questions about her passionate work in wayfinding and a new trend that she has identified called “playfinding.” Q.  Leslie, thanks for chatting about trends in wayfinding today. You have used the term “playfinding.” Can you explain what it is and what More…

touchscreen , LCD video wall , wayfinding

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May 21, 2015

Every Business is a Digital Business

The global consulting firm, Accenture, has just published the 2015 version of its annual Technology Vision (see executive summary) and it is interesting to see how the trends they forecast are affecting our Planar’s customers today. SMAC: Social, Mobile, Analytics, and Cloud The move to unstructured data, direct-to-consumer connections, and extensive record-keeping throughout the transaction processes of our lives form a foundation of many of these trends. We are seeing this very strongly in the use of large format video walls and high resolution displays being deployed in monitoring centers and the use of advanced visualization tools, like 3D, to More…
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May 14, 2015

One Part Prophecy, Two Parts Planning

Many in the design community talk about designing structures and building with resiliency in mind. In other words, thinking of the notion that future proofing and preservation go hand in hand. To design with the aim of protecting the asset over time, as it is used and reacts to the environment. In all cases, this involves an assessment of physical risk. We might not know the future, but we can plan for various contingencies. For instance, if you are designing buildings along the Miami shorefront, you will need it to survive tropic storms or perhaps a hurricane. The extent to which facilities are protected is a choice you make with each project and More…
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May 06, 2015

A Display By Any Other Name

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”  – William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.  Everyone in the display industry and in the larger A/V space has been tracking the growth of 4K or Ultra High Definition (UHD) resolution displays.  Our own award-winning Planar® UltraRes™ has entered strongly into the growing category and has won its own following with the professional features, and now the new iOS app.  And the 4K additions to the EP-Series are gaining traction. But the debate rages on what to call these displays.  Most of the screens in the market today in this class of display measure 3840 by 2160 pixels, making them 4 times the resolution More…
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Apr 29, 2015

The Power of 1,000 Days

We are rapidly approaching the mid-point of the year and strategic planning is upon us. And, let’s not forget that the season of New Year’s Resolutions isn’t a distant memory. So, this time of year, I find myself thinking (I mean, obsessing) about goal setting. You might do your own annual plans, 3 or 5 year strategic plans, and depending on your industry, perhaps you have outlooks that extend into the decades. In recent years, I have found it useful to create a 1,000 day plan and here is why: #1: It’s Long Enough to Be Strategic, Short Enough to Be Real1000 days is just under 3 years. It provides a timeline in which most things can be started or More…
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Apr 21, 2015

The Importance of Mobile Technology

You don’t have to look further than your hand to see the importance of mobile technology in our world. It is everywhere and becoming ubiquitous. Apple announced record iPhone sales in the first quarter of this year of over 72 million units worldwide. In Q3 of 2014, Android users purchased 250,000 phones worldwide. Overall, the smartphone sales is growing double-digits each quarter and the proliferation of platforms, form factors, and features are giving consumers and professional users alike more to love about their phones and tablets. We have seen this trend playout in our own analytics. A growing number each quarter are accessing our website and More…
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Apr 09, 2015

The Engagement Spectrum

Planar attended the Customer Experiences workshop hosted by SEGD at the Digital Signage Expo and several speakers talked about the importance of customer engagement. Reflecting on presentations from Gensler’s Matthew Calkins and Stimulant’s Darren David, the following model is an interesting one to describe the spectrums that engagements can take. Passivity: This is the world of static graphics, posters, signs, and offers. The fire escape maps, the room rate notifications on the back of hotel doors, the “this building established in 1901” carved into the façade. They are passive. They are static and only present what they were originally designed to More…
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Apr 01, 2015

Digital Signage Trends for In-Store Retail

The progression of use of digital display in retail often begins and ends with “digital signage.” Digital screens replacing other posters or graphics in the space to announce products or promotions. But this simple usage is just the beginning of what is possible. Planar attended the Digital Signage Expo and our top executives went on to South by Southwest Interactive to further explore how technology was being used in retail and here are a few trends that can through strongly in the session content. 1. Technology can empower the sales associateMobile technologies are transforming traditional cash-wrap areas, allowing associates to transact with More…

digital signage , retail , lcd displays , Clarity Matrix

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Mar 24, 2015

What are university centers doing with digital signage?

Temple University recently opened The Science Education and Research Center (SERC) as part of a key strategy to further establish the university as a center of excellence in scientific education and research. The Science Education and Research Center, at 247,000 square feet, is one of the largest buildings devoted exclusively to scientific research in the Philadelphia region. The seven-story structure includes 52 research labs and 16 teaching labs, open spaces to foster collaboration, and high-tech equipment such as clean rooms and a low-vibration scanning tunneling microscope facility.  Also among SERC’s high technology assets is a More…
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Mar 17, 2015

4K Displays for Commercial Applications

There has been a growing interest in 4K entertainment in the home with the release of Dish Networks’ 4K player and a host of development in ultra high definition content streaming. But 4K isn’t just for television. In fact, commercial applications for the technology are outpacing adoption in residential applications and there are a number of reasons why. 24x7: Commercial applications require long duty cycles and reliability that one can not find in consumer-grade equipment designed for in-home use. A few hours a day is very different than all day, every day usage models and products like the Planar UltraRes Series and Planar EP-Series 4K Series are More…

4K displays , ep-series , Clarity Matrix , Planar UltraRes