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Feb 24, 2015

Planar Transparent OLED Technology at DSE 2015

You are invited to the Digital Signage Expo in Las Vegas on March 11th and 12th.  Free exhibit passes are available at www.planar.com/events.  In addition to the award-winning Clarity™ Matrix™ LCD video wall system and Planar™ UltraRes™ 4K displays, you will also see the Planar Transparent OLED technology demonstration and more! How does the popular Planar® LookThru™ Transparent LCD display compare to the emissive Planar transparent OLED demonstrator that Planar will show at Digital Signage Expo this Spring?     Planar LookThru Transparent LCD Display Planar Transparent OLEDTechnology Demonstration Shipping Status Currently available.  More…
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Feb 18, 2015

Planar video walls create dramatic display platforms at Baker Hughes

The campus of Houston-based oil services company, Baker Hughes, includes the new Western Hemisphere Education Center, a cross-training facility for employees working in all aspects of Baker Hughes' business. Attracting and retaining the brightest engineers is key for Baker Hughes, and it relies on the education center to help in that effort. Employees receive extensive education in the center's classrooms and labs, all equipped with the latest technology. That technology extends to the main lobby of the center where a Planar Mosaic Architectural Video Wall array and Clarity Matrix MultiTouch LCD Video Wall displays have been deployed to further More…

Planar Mosaic , Clarity Matrix

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Feb 11, 2015

Planar Transparent OLED Technology Demonstrator Makes a Splash at ISE

Amsterdam let up with Planar’s 55” transparent OLED display.  The crowd was wowed with content by Second Story, a Sapient Nitro company, that triggered off visitor movement to show off the color, viewing angles, and transparency of this new technology. Planar has been innovating in transparent displays for decades.  Our current solution is the Planar® LookThru™ Transparent LCD display and we just announced our intention to show a new transparent technology, OLED, at the ISE trade event.   As we look towards the future and the availability of a transparent OLED offering from Planar, we see a variety of use cases being made possible using this More…
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Feb 05, 2015

Transparent OLED: Looks like smoked glass and plays video.

Transparent displays allow users to view what is shown on a glass video screen while still being able to see through it, enabling them to overlay digital images onto real objects that sit behind the glass. The next-generation transparent OLED technology revolutionizes how information is displayed in settings ranging from retail merchandizing to museum exhibits to corporate lobbies. The vision of transparent displays, popularized for decades in science fiction movies and television shows, is now nearing reality. This technology is poised to revolutionize space design, customer engagement, and the digital display of information and branding for decades More…
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Jan 27, 2015

Interactive touch displays in conference rooms

The nature of decision making and the meeting rooms that support corporate productivity are changing rapidly, driven by a corporate push toward enhanced company communications and more effective team collaboration. At the forefront of this evolution, new display technologies—including video walls, 4k displays, and interactive touch displays—are overtaking conventional presentation technology, offering tremendous opportunities for richer, deeper, more immersive communication in group settings.  Today’s offices are more open, more collaborative, and more technology drenched than ever.  Three emerging trends in conference room displays are causing CIOs, More…
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Jan 13, 2015

Trends in the use of digital displays in museum environments

Museums exist to expand our knowledge, stimulate our senses, expose us to new experiences, and engage our participation, as we explore our shared history and the natural world. In recent years, new technologies have expanded the dimensions and capabilities of museum exhibits, turning visitors from passive observers to actively engaged participants. AV technology is inspiring museums to supplement static display techniques with dynamic, responsive, participatory museum environments. Larger video displays and interactive flat screens have become fixtures and communication tools in many modern-day museums. Specifically there are three major trends in More…
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Dec 15, 2014

DisplayPort 1.3 vs HDMI 2.0

We recently caught up with Marques Girardelli, Planar’s electrical systems manager in the R&D organization and Becky Connors, product manager for large format displays, to ask about the emerging connectivity standards around DisplayPort and HDMI.  This is the third post in a series covering these connectivity topics. How does DisplayPort 1.3 compare with HDMI 2.0 in terms of performance? When comparing DisplayPort 1.3 with HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.3 has several key advantages. First, the video bandwidth of DisplayPort 1.3 is much higher than HDMI 2.0.  This means that DisplayPort 1.3 can support higher resolution timing such as 8K at 60Hz, where More…
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Dec 08, 2014

What's new about the HDMI 2.0 standard?

In HDMI 2.0, the biggest improvement was nearly doubling the bandwidth, allowing for up to 4K at 60hz video timing. Additionally, one of the new features was support for 4:2:0 sub-sampling.  This reduces the color information by 75% which reduces the overall data rate by 50%. In other words, support for 4:2:0 allows 4k 60Hz 4:2:0 to be transmitted within the same bandwidth as 4k at 30hz 4:4:4 or non-sub-sampled. On UltraRes, because we do have a very flexible and capable architecture, we were able to add support for 4K at 60Hz 4:2:0 with  a firmware upgrade that was made available to customers earlier this year. Other new features include Rec. 2020 More…
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Nov 19, 2014

What’s New in DisplayPort 1.3

Jennifer Davis, V.P of marketing for Planar, recently caught up with Marques Girardelli, Planar’s electrical systems manager in the R&D organization and Becky Connors, product manager for large format displays, to ask about the emerging connectivity standards around DisplayPort and HDMI.   What is new in the DisplayPort 1.3 standard? DisplayPort is the digital display interface developed by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA).  It is an interface primarily used to connect a video source to a display device, like a computer monitor or a video wall.  The main feature addition in DisplayPort 1.3 was a 50% increase in bandwidth More…
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Nov 11, 2014

What football teaches us about AV

It is college football season in the States. In our house, we kicked off our season by watching a non-conference game of one of the “hometown” teams, the University of Oregon Ducks. Watching the game - and thinking about the team’s recent installation of a new athletic complex, the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex – it struck me that college football can teach us a thing or two about the AV industry and how the integrators and brands can remain relevant in times of change. 1. You Have to Play Each GameYou can have the best win record in the conference, the best facilities, and a history of winning innovation, both in football and in AV the team and the More…

Clarity Matrix , planar ultralux , desktop monitor