A Few Words from Planar's New Touch Technology Marketing Director

Do you remember the first time you interacted with a touch-enabled display? What about that feeling of total control of your viewing experience and liberation from the tethers of remote controls and keyboards?

I ask because it’s my job to help Planar make touch an even more effective and liberating way to interact with machines. My name is Cris Derr. I’m the new product marketing director of Planar’s Touch and Interactive Products team, where I will drive the direction for our touch and interactive displays.

I bring a rich history in technology to my new job, from my early days as an engineer at Intel, where I helped build the world’s first teraflop super computer, to my most recent role as a product planner for Windows 8, Microsoft’s next operation system. The opportunity to work for a touch technology leader like Planar, with 10+ years of experience building touch and interactive displays, was too good to pass up.

During my time at Microsoft, I had the good fortune to run an Imagine Cup team focused on touch solutions. The Imagine Cup is a competition that challenges university students to solve difficult problems in areas such as in healthcare and education. The touch solutions these teams of students developed were nothing short of amazing. They not only bolstered my confidence in the next generation of engineers, they solidified my belief in the power of touch technology. Everything from how we check out at the grocery store to how blind students learn at school will be transformed by interactive technologies over the next decade.

“Touch is our first language,” anthropologist Ashley Montagu said. “Long before we can see an image, smell an odor, taste a flavor or hear a sound, we experience others and ourselves through touch."

I look forward to helping Planar and the rest of this industry take our oldest form of communication into dramatically new places. I want to hear from you. Please share your thoughts about this blog post. Have you interacted with a touch enabled solution that really wowed you? What are your thoughts on where this exciting technology will take us?