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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

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Mar 09, 2015

Seamless, Fine-Pitch LED Video Walls for Indoor Applications

Narrow pixel pitch LED solutions (3mm pitch and below) are evolving rapidly to become a serious option for indoor video wall applications that require higher resolution and greater image quality. These seamless fine-pitch LED video wall solutions provide exceptional visual performance, thin mounting depth, precise alignment, mission-critical reliability and adaptability to different customer uses. LED video walls can be optimized for a wide range of indoor environments including well-lit public spaces and corporate lobbies, as well as light-controlled conference rooms, auditoriums and control rooms. They are well suited for demanding 24x7 indoor More…
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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 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…