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Jul 28, 2011

Knowledge is Power!

Digital media is evolving. Designers and architects are looking beyond traditional uses like way finding and advertising. Using digital media in place of traditional print artwork to create a living space or configuring displays in a free-standing sculpture are just a few of the innovative and remarkable ways to move beyond the big black box. Even with mainstream media wall installations, you can transform a space or achieve business objectives in new and dynamic ways.Planar can help get you started in digital media design by offering an opportunity to learn the basics of designing media walls through our free online training course: Designing Media More…

digital canvases , aia , aecdaily , media walls , ce , architects

Jul 25, 2011

Planar d82L with AccessChoice Receives the 2011 Best of InfoComm Award for Best Killer New App

On July 22, 2011 the Planar d82L with AccessChoice (introduced at InfoComm) was awarded the 2011 rAVe Best of InfoComm Award for Best Killer New App: "This is an 82" LCD (very well designed aesthetically, by the way) with off-board electronics - native 1080p. Because all the video signal processing and power supply is in an external processor, the 82" is sealed and is only 3.7" deep (amazing for the size of the display). But why the "Killer App" Award? Well, again, displays have become a commodity and any time a monitor manufacturer differentiates, we like that. But, in this case, this is something all display companies need to be looking at -- More…

rave publications , AccessChoice , d82L

Jul 21, 2011

Mood Lighting

There’s growing scientific research that shows mood lighting isn’t just a saying, it’s a physiological effect. In one study it’s shown that exposure to high levels of light in the time before sleeping reduces the depth and restfulness of sleep. Turning the lights down low signals our bodies to start unwinding and producing the melatonin necessary for restful slumber. But lots of times we’re in places where the lights are bright and shining in our faces.There’s also research that shows the major component of energy consumption on LCD screens is the brightness. According to CNET, “brightness trumps every other setting for saving power,” meaning that no More…

LED , 24-hour operation , ep-series , CNET , LCD screen

Jul 18, 2011

Line Up

By James WoodIn kindergarten I learned the subtle art of getting in line. At the beginning of class, at the end of class, before lunch and recess getting in line was the rule. We were taught early and often about how important it is to stand in line. Don’t cut. Keep the lines straight. The same practice is applied throughout my life at the coffee shop or the movie theater. Lining up is still important.Lining up is a metaphor for things working perfectly. If everything lines up then all the pieces necessary are exactly where they need to be. When it comes to a multi-panel display the phrase “lining up” is no metaphor for perfection, it’s the More…

LCD , Clarity Matrix , video wall , mounting system , wall mount

Jul 14, 2011

Reclaim the Conference Room

By James WoodConference rooms need video. With the ubiquity of PowerPoint, Keynote and Skype it’s unthinkable that any modern business conference room would be without the ability to use these tools. And the typical response is to install a projector and screen, however, a whole host of considerations need to be addressed when installing a projector: the ambient light, the screen placement, the projector location and the ability for everyone in the room to see what’s going on. In large settings with controlled lighting and a dedicated audience, a projector is an ideal solution. Most business meetings, however, don’t take place in such an More…

ep-series , conference room , ultra-thin display , led edge-lit , lcd display , business meetings

Jul 11, 2011

Brain Rules

Scientists have been busy unlocking the secrets of the human brain: how it works, how it fails and what all that means. The field of neuroscience is making new discoveries daily, but who’s to explain the science to the rest of us? John Medina (Dr. Medina, that is) is a neuroscientist at the University of Washington. He’s not only a researcher but also an educator training up young scientists-to-be. But what you really need to know about him is that he’s been able to translate the obtuse language of the academy into a few simple statements. The research on the human brain can be summed up and applied to daily life and Medina writes about it in his More…

visual dominance , LED , LCD video wall , ep-series , lcd displays , Clarity Matrix

Jul 08, 2011

Hang out a Shingle

By James WoodIt used to be that you could just paint your name and business information on a shingle and hang it out in front of your shop or office. The simple market method was enough to drive business so that the phrase became an idiom for starting a new venture. Especially in the American West, doctors and lawyers could show up in a new town and immediately have business.As technology advanced the signs got a bit more complex with colors and designs. Logos and brand recognition became important marketing features. But most marketing was done through tools like the phone book, that’s why there are so many “AAA Locksmiths” around the country. The More…

ero , LCD video wall , mtek kiosk , billboards , hd , touch display

Jul 06, 2011

I Can See Clearly Now

By James WoodIn his masterful book on visual design, Beautiful Evidence, Edward Tufte has an extended discussion of “sparklines.” If you don’t already know, a sparkline is a small graphical representation of data, usually in the form of a line graph. Tufte says sparklines are: “data-intense, design-simple, word-sized graphics.” Rather than showing all of the information necessary in one, confused graph, the data is broken out into discreet chunks to be analyzed separately. Whether looking at stock performance, medical data or the average rainfall in the Amazon rainforest, sparklines can be used to make the raw numerical data comprehensible at a More…

LCD video wall , Clarity Matrix , digital design

Jul 01, 2011

NBA Franchise Portland Trail Blazers CIO Talks about Planar’s Clarity Matrix

"The size, resolution and format of the Clarity Matrix media walls generate a level of energy and excitement that simply isn't possible with any other type of display," said Portland Trail Blazers CIO Chris Dill. "They let Rip City United visitors follow larger-than-life game action away from the arena and allow us to service these important customers in a manner that is both personal and impactful." The 132 square-foot Clarity Matrix video wall has been installed in the Rose Garden Arena, in the new Rip City United Headquarters. Read more.

Clarity Matrix , CIO , Blazers