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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

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Jul 08, 2014

Why Touch Interactivity? Oh, Let Me Count the Ways.

Planar has a growing number of products with touch sensors integrated in adding interactive capability to monitors ranging from 15” to 300” video walls, like the Clarity Matrix MultiTouch.  The brand new Planar UltraRes Touch, Planar EP-Series and others have models with touch integrated, now in 4K resolution for even better readability and image quality. If you have never used touch interactivity on a big screen, you might be wondering how to best put it into practice.  To spark some ideas, below is a list of ideas how our customers can use touch interactivity to grow their businesses and engage their customers.  Wayfinding in shopping centers, More…

clarity matrix touch , 4K , Planar UltraRes touch

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Jun 30, 2014

When is 4K content coming?

The difference between full HD (1080p) and Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) is dramatic. When viewed from a distance or up close, you can see the difference. Like a tsunami, we expect Ultra HD content to swell dramatically in the later half of this year. 35 mm celluloid are being converted into 4k masters. 4k (or 6k or 8k) cameras are proliferating and video artists are experimenting to create amazing commercial content. Plus, the PC graphics cards are getting more affordable, meaning running a desktop across a 4k display, showing digital photography, or running applications in Ultra HD is here today. Add to this the announcements around true 4k at 60 Hz media More…

4K , Ultra HD

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Jun 24, 2014

Is 4K Affordable?

Years ago, customers would expect to pay over $60,000 for a 56” 4K display.  Today, the world’s premier 4K displays in 84” diagonal, begin at $20,000. The Planar UltraRes is making the world of immersive, Ultra HD affordable and the new Planar EP-Series 4k offerings, in 58” and 65”, make this resolution even more accessible.  4K is here to stay!  Starting with cinema standards in the early 2000’s and moving down into residential and commercial applications over the past few years, 4k has enjoyed the fastest growth rate of any new display technology.  People may be asking if 4k is necessary, but once you see it, you don’t want to go back. Now is the time More…

4K , Planar UltraRes , Ultra HD

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Jun 20, 2014

4K photography goes mobile

The trend towards higher resolution smartphone displays is well underway. HTC, LG, Samsung, and Sony are all looking to up the pixel count with their next generation handsets, and according to statements made a few months ago at a South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy analyst event, Samsung is planning to release an Ultra-HDTV smartphone sometime in 2015, that’s 3840 pixels wide by 2160 pixels tall, also known as 4K or Ultra HD resolution. Although the pixel density may not be viewable on a hand-held device, the ability of these cameras to take pictures at well beyond 4k will ensure a steady stream of high-resoultion content for displays like More…

4K , Ultra HD