Oct 17, 2011

Say Goodbye to No-Touch Retail Displays

You gotta love the way reporter Dan Yates of the Canadian newspaper Leader-Post recently described the new, interactive digital displays that my company, Planar Systems, and iQmetrix are collaboratively developing: "Think of it like a brochure come to life." The digital signage solution that we are creating with the new iQmetrix platform, XQ Interactive Retail, really is the ultimate brochure for a retail environment. Customers can thumb through page after virtual page of product pictures, descriptions and other information. They can even register their preferences or complete an order—all before a customer service person has even greeted them. But More…
Oct 14, 2011

Bringing Interactive Digital Signage into Reach

We live in a time of low-hanging fruit. Not actual fruit on the bottom branches of trees, rather the metaphorically named projects that don't require much investment or risk, nor generate much in the way of sales or revenues. In the current economy, many retailers are understandably reluctant to take on the risks associated with new ways of doing business? so-called "high-hanging" fruit? even if they promise big potential benefits. But what if someone pulled those upper branches of the retail sales and marketing tree closer to terra firma? That's what the new partnership between iQmetrix and my company, Planar Systems, is doing for mobile More…
Oct 07, 2011

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 More…
Oct 05, 2011

Introducing the New Planar PS-Series Low-Cost Commercial LCD Displays

Planar is proud to introduce the new PS-Series large format LCD displays, which include six models that range from 42 to 65 inches and feature:   LED backlighting Dual touch technology Full-metal casing Multiple connectivity options Video wall support RS-232 control Ambient backlight control The new PS-Series ultra-slim, interactive displays are ideal in digital signage environments, including retail, quick service restaurants, hospitality, healthcare, corporate meeting rooms and lobbies.
Sep 22, 2011

Repost: Technology and Artistry Mashup for Planar and ADi

  Planar, maker of many kinds of cool display technologies, approached ADi with a unique proposition. Conceive and design an animation for a video display. The display is pretty much one of a kind – ten feet tall, made of 4 display panels with almost no bezel. They are mounted on a tree-like frame that sprouts up out of a base that cleverly disguises the media player and inner workings of the “Art Wall”. We are going to follow the progress of this project and show you step by step how it comes together.Today, we speak with Seth Cameron Short, ADi Creative Lead about his approach to designing for this unique platform as well as Jennifer Davis, VP of More…
Sep 15, 2011

Planar Goes Glam

It's officially Fashion Week in New York. Runways are busy with designers sharing their latest design creations; some interesting, some wearable and others, well, everyone has their own special fashion taste.While Planar has not taken to the runway, just yet, it has made it onto the New York Fashion scene. On Sept 8th, BOFFO opened the doors to Nicola Formichetti’s pop-up retail store, located at 50 Walker Street in Tribeca. The Formichetti store is the first in a series of five concept stores to take place over the next few months as part of the organizations second annual Building Fashion program, which pairs designers with architects to create a More…
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…
Aug 31, 2011

Finding Digital Wallpaper

By Jennifer DavisAs people are using the Clarity™ Matrix LCD Video Wall for art or ambiance, we get questions from our resellers and clients as to where they can find artwork to put on their Matrix that shows off the massive resolution that is possible when you tile the displays together into a wall-size array. For instance, a 3x3 Clarity Matrix MX-46 is over 4,000 pixels wide. A 3x3 wall of our new MX-55 version is 5,760 pixels wide and 3,240 pixels tall. And using full-resolution artwork is stunning on the display, as those who saw our booth at InfoComm can attest.There are a variety of stock photography and video houses that provide high-resolution More…
Aug 25, 2011

Design Thinking and the Clarity Matrix

By Jennifer B. DavisI have been reading a great book by Tim Brown, a founder and thought leader at the famed industrial design firm, IDEO, called “Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation.” In the book he emphasizes that traditional fields of design (i.e., art, architecture, etc…) approach problems differently than other disciplines and having a more design-centric view can lead to more revolutionary outcomes. Hospital emergency room redesign, an example he uses in the book, is not just about the efficiency of filling out forms or the staff-to-patient ratio, but about the materials in the waiting room and More…
Aug 19, 2011

Digital Signage Trends: 3D

Despite the fact that 3D displays and projectors are growing in popularity, it was noticeably absent from InfoComm 2011 (though it was featured as a special interest). One of the biggest arguments within the 3D world right now is between active and passive glasses. For the human brain to perceive a three-dimensional image, each eye needs to see a different signal. Active 3D uses glasses with shutters in them. About sixty times a second the shutters close and then open and each eye alternates. Everything is linked to the TV so that the right eye image is displayed while the right eye piece is open on the glasses. Then it switches for the left eye More…