Nov 17, 2015

Black is Clear and other Design Considerations for Transparent OLED Displays

Getting the most out of technology often requires learning some new techniques and ideas. When photography was first invented, people would need to stand still for minutes to capture a portrait instead of the hours it took for a painter. When moving pictures were new, actors had to learn how to emote for the camera without using any words or sounds. When color movies first came along, directors had to begin thinking about palettes and hues and saturation. The Planar® LookThru™ OLED transparent display brings the same type of challenges along with its exciting new possibilities. Black is Clear What makes a transparent display unique is, of course, More…

transparent , OLED , LookThru

Nov 09, 2015

Introducing Transparent OLED Displays

On November 5, 2015, Planar Systems became the first company in the world to sell a transparent OLED display.  The LookThru™ line from Planar has already shown our industry-leading transparent displays with LCDs, but due to the limitations of that technology – namely requiring backlights – sizes and installation options were limited. With the new Planar LookThru OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) transparent display technology, the screen emits its own light allowing for free-standing installations that don’t require any sort of backlight or enclosure to provide a full-HD, yet transparent display. From Sci-Fi to Reality Movies and TV shows have More…

LookThru , OLED

Nov 03, 2015

Behind the Scenes: A Conversation with Planar's VP of Sales, Adam Schmidt

We are running a series of interviews with our executive team. Today we hear from Adam Schmidt, the VP of Sales. Planar: How long have you been at Planar? In the industry? Adam Schmidt: I’ve been at Planar since June 2001. Before I came to Planar I was at an Electronic Design Automation software company where I worked in competitive intelligence and market research.  I’ve always been a bit of an A/V geek, but my time at Planar is my only experience in the industry. Q: Why did you come to Planar? A: When Planar recruited me, I was working at Mentor Graphics after interning there during grad school.  Mentor is, and was, a fantastic place to work, More…

interview , innovation

Oct 27, 2015

Aventura Mall Chooses Planar UltraLux Touch to Bring Unique Retail Experience

Aventura Mall is Miami’s premier fashion destination. It includes more than 300 retailers in its 2,700,000 square feet of space. Today it is an architectural design gem which provides an unrivaled shopping experience for 30 million visitors each year. Aventura Mall has earned recognition as an exciting, always evolving environment that blends a distinctive aesthetic and design with the innovative use of advanced technology. Among the most recent examples of this are the dual-sided, interactive digital directories currently in place at each of the mall’s entrances. The directories – Planar® UltraLux™ Touch 70” displays (LUX70-T) – which display More…

retail , UltraLux

Oct 13, 2015

Planar Sponsors 4K 4Charity Fun Run in Portland

Planar Systems is a premier sponsor of the 4K 4Charity Fun Run in Portland on Wednesday, October 21st.  The 4K 4Charity Run celebrates the achievements of the growing technology community and promotes wellness and diversity. Planar joins other locals businesses like Elemental Technologies, Act-On Software, Portland Trail Blazers in giving back to our community! Proceeds from the 4K 4Charity Fun Run PDX will benefit Rosemary Anderson High School (RAHS), an Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. (OIC) community-based alternative high school. Learn more about RAHS directly from the school’s students and faculty in this inspiring video. 


Sep 25, 2015

Nebraska Furniture Mart of Texas uses Planar Displays for a Personalized Shopping Experience

The Nebraska Furniture Mart of Texas (NFM), located north of Dallas-Fort Worth, is the newest retail store in the Nebraska Furniture Mart chain. The 560,000 square-foot store is an anchor to Grandscape, a 400+ acre mixed-use development that when fully completed, will provide a unique destination for retail, dining and entertainment for up to 10 million visitors annually. The NFM design included leading-edge digital signage technology to attract customers into the store and help them easily find products and services. For these reasons the retailer chose two of Planar Systems’ most advanced display solutions, the large-scale Planar® UltraRes™ Series More…

Planar Mosaic , UltraRes

Sep 23, 2015

Behind the Scenes: A Conversation with Planar's CIO/VP of IT, Jeff Maurer

We are running a series of interviews with our executive team. Today we hear from Jeff Maurer, the CIO and VP of Information Technology. Q: Jeff, how long have you been at Planar?  In the industry? A: I’ve been at Planar for eight years!  It’s been a fantastic experience and the time has flown.  Interesting and challenging business problems to solve; fun and passionate people; great products.  I’ve been in the display industry for 19 years, starting with InFocus back in the mid-90’s. Q: What are the top things you do for the company?  What is your role? A: I support the Information Technology team as CIO/VP of IT.  It’s an interesting role More…
Sep 09, 2015

What’s the Difference between 4K and UHD?

If you’re confused by the different labels for the newer displays out there, you’re not alone (and this isn’t a new thing). Usually technology develops faster than the labels that apply to it, but, multiple competing technologies might have different names until the standards are set. If you remember the confusion of figuring out what was HD, Full-HD, and 1080p, you get how the confusion of standards works. 4K vs. UHDIn a technical sense, 4K is the standard developed by cinema to express a resolution of 4096 by 2160. Which works out to an aspect ratio (the comparison of the width to the height) of 1.9:1. Since most movies are shot in the 1.9:1 aspect More…

Ultra HD , 4K displays , hdmi , 4K

Sep 02, 2015

Architects Using Digital Displays

Architecture is both an art and a science. Without the art, buildings become bland, stolid fixtures, but without the science, structures might not even stand, let alone inspire. Where architecture is at its best both function and form come together to create something that is both beautiful and practical. Purpose over Personality Within the world of architecture there are stars, just like in every other realm, and those famous architects have created stunning structures to earn their clout. But looking at the purpose behind the design is becoming as important as the person creating the design. The managing partner at the innovative firm NBBJ, Steve More…
Aug 28, 2015

An Insider’s Look at Planar’s Marketing Team

In partnership with Saturday Academy’s ASE program, Planar offered an internship this summer to Emily K., an honors student attending a high school in the area.  As the summer wrapped up, she had a chance to share some insights about her experience. Q. What was it like working at Planar? A. Initially, I chose Planar in the hopes of improving my communication and video editing skills, as well as to gain insight and a hands-on experience in an office work environment. All of which can be checked off the list as throughout the summer, I gained significant knowledge about the office work life. I formed a web of connections as my work took me around the More…