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Nov 17, 2016

4 Trends for Digital Signage Displays in Museums

When it comes to digital signage installations in museums around the world, there are a few overarching trends. Although the exhibits and missions of the organizations are different, most museums require similar tools to help run a successful operation. Here are a few things to consider when choosing your next display. 1. High reliability is a must One of the biggest reasons museums choose Planar as their digital signage provider is because of the highly reliable displays. Many product offerings include 24x7 operation, to ensure the show keeps going on through all hours of the day, year after year. Whether the application is wayfinding or exhibit More…

ero , case studies , touchscreen

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Nov 03, 2016

Alternatives to a Touch Overlay

Our customers love interactive displays. Over the years, touchscreens and multi-touch displays have become a huge part of our product offering and with no surprise. Interactivity encourages customer engagement, brand loyalty, and brings a livelihood to physical spaces, all with a natural user interface. Customers and integrators may think their only path to interactivity on a video wall or large format display is a third-party touch overlay. Something that could transform their LCD or LED display to an interactive touch screen. But there is an alternative. Planar offers a wide variety of products with touch integrated. No third-party components to More…

LED , LCD , touchscreen , touch display

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Jul 28, 2016

Natural Computing, Intuitive Interface

In June of 2007 when the very first iPhone was released a change began for not only Apple customers, but also everyone who uses computers, phones, or any type of electronic device. Touch interfaces became mainstream. The iPhone was far from being the first touch interface—the technology has existed since the 1970s—but with the launch of the iPhone, then Android phones, then iPads and tablets, touch interfaces became a natural way for us to control our devices. Now it’s time for our computers to catch up. The Desktop Gap For all of the advantages of touch interfaces, they still don’t work very well for fine movements needed in crafting spreadsheets More…

Helium , touchscreen , Interactive , touch display

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May 27, 2015

Wayfinding and Playfinding: an Interview with Leslie Wolke

We had an opportunity to spend some time with Leslie Wolke of Leslie Wolke Consulting in Austin, Texas and New York City.  She is the co-founder of the SEGD’s XLab annual conference and is an independent consultant specializing in wayfinding technologies.  Her clients include the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, New York University Langone Medical Center, and MD Anderson Cancer Center. We asked her questions about her passionate work in wayfinding and a new trend that she has identified called “playfinding.” Q.  Leslie, thanks for chatting about trends in wayfinding today. You have used the term “playfinding.” Can you explain what it is and what More…

touchscreen , LCD video wall , wayfinding

Feb 21, 2013

I'm Loving It

Ever since Daniel Pink published a travel tip about the hidden benefits of eating at McDonald’s when you travel internationally (you can get a clear picture of cultural and gastronomical differences in short order, pardon the pun), I have been fascinated by the differences in McDonald’s menus around the world.  Chicken Mexican Wraps, a McRice burger, or lobster rolls are all on the menus at McDonald’s somewhere (Mexico, Taiwan and Montreal, respectively). Photo courtesy of McDonalds Times Square Fast forward to this past month when Portland-based brand fan, Jeb Boniakowski, posted an open letter to McDonald’s executives on TheAwl.com suggesting More…

touchscreen , Clarity Matrix , video wall , planar lookthru , Planar Mosaic

Sep 07, 2011

World’s First

From Planar Systems comes another entry for the “Famous Firsts” list at TheLongestListOfTheLongestStuffAtTheLongestDomainNameAtLongLast.com: the first integrated multi-panel touch screen display. While that may not roll right off the tongue, it’s a tremendous breakthrough. Prior to the launch of the Clarity Matrix Touch on June 15th at InfoComm 2011 in Orlando, Florida, multi-panel touch screens had to be cobbled together from different vendors with various components. It was a situation that would challenge the inestimable Dr. Frankenstein’s skills of stitching parts together.You can now order a 2-by-2, 2-by-3 or 3-by-3 video wall made up of Clarity More…

ero , touchscreen , LCD video wall , Clarity Matrix

Aug 16, 2011

Oh, to Be a Kid Again

By Jennifer DavisYears ago, I remember sitting with my best friend Stacy and drafting a letter to Mattel®. In the letter we made a list, an impressive list if memory serves, of the kind of Barbies they should add to their line-up. Themed Barbies based on styles of clothing, hometowns, favorite sports teams and pets, and careers. I recall we received an encouraging, but non-committal form letter in response. Disappointed that we weren’t whisked off to Mattel’s headquarters to engineer their new holiday line-up, we went back our toys.Now, I hear that there is a brand-new "I Can Be...™ Architect Barbie®" available from Mattel in partnership with the More…

kiosk , aia , touchscreen , designer source ebook , flat panel

Jun 16, 2011

Unexpected Interactivity

This past weekend in Chicago, I visited Millennium Park and the famed "Cloud Gate" sculpture by Anish Kapoor.This strikingly beautiful (and surprisingly whimsical) public art piece had an unexpected call to interactivity. It made you want to play with your reflection by moving from side to side, by walking through the center of the display, and by getting your friends to take your picture. It caused a reaction, for sure.This week we announced the new Clarity Matrix Touch solution, which has added interactivity in new ways to video walls that both attract and engage. This is the promise of media walls and what the Clarity Matrix Touch delivers.

touchscreen , neocon , clarity matrix touch , touch video wall , video wall touchscreen