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May 21, 2012

Forbes Blog Covers Display Industry History and Future

In Venkatesh Rao's blog at Forbes.com, Mr. Rao has published an interview with Sriram Peruvemba of E Ink in a wide-ranging review of the history of digital display technology. Planar is mentioned early on in the entry titled "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Displays, But Didn't Know Whom to Ask": [Thin Film ElectroLuminescent] came bit later. Sharp demonstrated TFEL in 1975 and made the first commercial display in 1983, and eventually Planar Systems (after acquiring Finlux in 1991) became the world leader in TFEL, sharing the market with Sharp. In the Eighties, IBM, DEC and HP all made monitors and desktop computers using TFEL displays. More…

electroluminescent , TFEL , EL , Thin Flim Electroluminescent , custom display

May 18, 2012

Planar Mosaic Hits Vegas

On Tuesday night, we enjoyed an evening of cocktails and conversations in the sunshine at the terrace pool at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. Our co-hosts were none other than Cindy Allen, editor of chief of Interior Design magazine and Roger Thomas, the iconic designer from Wynn Design and Development who is largely credited for making Vegas into the visual spectacle of architecture and design that we enjoy today. Cindy welcomed the crowd to “Roger’s house” as we enjoyed drinks on the patio. It was a wonderful opportunity to connect with the design community assembled in Las Vegas for the Hospitality Design Expo and to honor contributions made by the More…

Architectural Displays , Las Vegas , Mosaic

May 18, 2012

Form and Technology Intro Class

Tuesday evening I participated in the kickoff of the Form and Technology workshop at the Industrial Design department at the Pratt Institute under Scott VanderVoort and department chair Steve Diskin. The goal of Form and Technology is to intersect the latest Planar products which “unleash architectural expression” with the fresh creativity of Pratt’s design students and thought leaders. My goal for the class introduction was to impart a solid technical understanding of Planar products, and impart our vision of using video as a building material. We can’t wait to see the ideas that this class will inspire! After I gave a quick overview of Planar, we More…

LookThru , Architectural Displays , Clarity Matrix , Mosaic , Pratt Institute

May 17, 2012

Pratt Institute + Planar Systems

Planar has partnered with New York’s Pratt Institute for their summer workshop, Form and Technology, which allows students to explore Planar products such as the Clarity Matrix, Planar LookThru and Planar Mosaic. Planar’s VP of Technology, Ben Clifton welcomed students the first day and gave insight to Planar technologies and innovations. The workshop will encourage young designers to play a more dynamic role as a designer and embrace content creation & curation as a deeper way to connect with products and audiences.The Pratt Institute workshop runs May 15 – June 14.To view photos and information about the first part of the workshop and read More…

LookThru , Mosaic , Pratt Institute

May 11, 2012

Runco LS-1 Projector featured on The Street

TheStreet.com recently revealed their list of the top ten business sales tech tools to have in your sales arsenal to close that deal and the Runco Lightstyle™ LS-1 projector was #1 on that list. Click here to view the "10 Coolest Tech Gadgets to Seal the Deal". Runco LS-1  

LightStyle , ls-1 , projectors , Runco