2010

Jul 21, 2010

Planar Touchscreens for Windows 7

Microsoft Windows 7 is the rage these days. It was specifically designed to support touchscreen features such as flicking to advance the page and go back, resizing windows, tap and drag, right click, back, forward, zoom and rotate. There's also a native on-screen keyboard embedded into the operating system. Windows 7 also supports multi-touch, but you must have hardware, such as Planar's PX2230MW, to support it. Cnet has done a great video - only 3 minutes - that go into these features in more detail.
Jul 09, 2010

Flexible displays – the next big thing?

Ok, so say we got rid off the newspapers with Apple iPad. Then there’s a research project being run in University of New South Wales in Australia for creating flexible display to give you back the ”paper” feeling, when reading your newspaper on a display rather than on paper. They envision using flexible polymer-based backplanes printed on plastic substrates for low manufacturing costs, durable and flexible displays. But putting newspaper on a display and then creating a display, which is like a traditional newspaper: does it not sound a bit like one worker digging a hole and the other one following and filling it again? I know, we're saving tons of More…
Jun 30, 2010

Touch Technology and Visual Performance

When utilizing touch technology in your display project, do you struggle with achieving optimum visual performance? Regardless of which touch sensor you use with your transparent window of either glass or plastic mounted above the display face, unwanted light reflections are introduced and can impact the visual performance of your content.For indoor use, Infrared (IR) matrix and IR camera based systems do not require a transparent window and don't degrade the display luminance and contrast. This solution is acceptable for indoor environments for single users, but not public venues where high use and potential vandalism can occur or for outdoor More…
Jun 24, 2010

Planar Provides Display Component for Ultrasonic Rail-Flaw Detectors

Components utilized in ultrasonic rail-flaw detectors for rail inspections must be rugged and work in extreme environments. Planar's thin film electroluminescent display (TFEL) component is being used by the China Ministry of Railroad in an ultrasonic rail-flaw detector, developed by Xingtai Xianfeng, to inspect their entire railway network.   When your project requirements demand a display that operates in wide temperature ranges, provides unlimited viewing angle, is very rugged and provides an extremely long life with no maintenance costs, the electroluminescent display (EL) technology should be taken into consideration. The EL display works More…
Jun 14, 2010

What is the Best Touch Technology for Rugged or Outdoor Environments?

Are you engaged in a touch display to be used in a rugged or outdoor environment? Have you been wondering which touch technology is the best for your display?Planar's Director of Engineering believes any of the all glass sensors, such as Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW), projected and surface capacitive can work in rugged, outdoor applications, but no single touch can do it all. High ambient sunlight conditions pose interference problems with IR matrix and IR camera scan systems.SAW and surface capacitive have varying resistance to rain, dust, snow and flying insects. Glass-on-glass resistive has good immunity to the outdoor environment, but requires More…
Jun 10, 2010

Electroluminescent Displays Used at NASA

If your display project requires high brightness and contrast, a wide temperature range, along with reliability and long operating life, you might want to take a look at Planar's electroluminescent (EL) displays. Over the years significant improvements have been made to brightness and contrast, reduction of power consumption, development of proprietary gray-scale algorithms and packaging improvements to reduce size and enhance shock and vibration resistance for these extremely rugged and durable displays. Among applications used by EL displays, NASA depends on electroluminescent displays in their mission control center. When viewing critical More…
Jun 09, 2010

Get The Right Display Touch

With all of the different options of touch technology available on the market today, it's sometimes challenging to determine what type of touch sensor will work best for your display application. Fortunately, Planar has just released an easy-to-read eBook, Touch Display Sensors, that outlines five different touch sensors and explains how their specifications work for different applications.   Choosing the appropriate touch sensor can make the user experience for kiosks, outdoor digital signage and point of sale applications a breeze. The eBook will guide you through information about resistive, surface capacitive, projective capacitive, infrared More…
Jun 07, 2010

Touchscreen LCDs - Support After the Sale

There are many different touchscreen LCD monitors out there - resistive, capacitive, SAW. How do you choose the right one for your application? Check out Planar's website which talks about the differences between the technologies.   So you've chosen the technology that fits your environment. What happens if that monitor fails after installation? The majority of the touchscreen suppliers only offers a three-year warranty. And if it fails you have to ship it back to their repair facility on your dime, wait at least a week or two for them to diagnose the issue, fix your monitor and ship it back. All that time you're without your touchscreen, and More…
Jun 03, 2010

Flexible Glass: Alternative to Plastic

Most display screens used in televisions, computers and portable electronics are liquid crystal displays (LCDs), controlled by thin-film silicon transistor arrays built on rigid glass backplanes. With today's emerging technology, the dominance of LCDs may be challenged for custom display projects.   Today, glass manufacturer Corning, is testing a flexible glass substrate for printed electronics that will offer the performance of glass with the flexibility of plastic. The emergence of new display technology is pushing the need to meet consumer requirements of lighter, more durable and energy efficient devices.   Corning's flexibile display glass More…
May 23, 2010

Literally "Hands On" Virtual 3D Reality!

Robert Wang, a student of MIT, has developed a wonderful new way of utilising virtual reality! The unconventional looking gloves allow new possibilities for 3D modeling: you can pick-up and rotate objects with your hands just like in real life. See also FastCompany's article on the innovation.I started pondering over possible real life applications for this - other than the OBVIOUS: kids with building blocks, which will not be left lying on the floor with the sharp corner pointing towards the unsuspecting sole of your foot.. How about the surgeons practicing for an operation in virtual reality? Or hairdressers learning to make festive hairdos without More…