2013

costar-wall
Sep 11, 2013

Video Walls Are Wall Coverings

Video walls refer to the idea that you can tile discreet displays together to get a single display surface.  A single canvas if you will to present your data upon.  This wall for instance is made of 12 super narrow bezel LCD panels (with an image to image gap less in the 5 mm range) creating a bright and compelling impact that is more than what can be done with a single display.  And the market is changing quickly. In the past three years alone there has easy been a 50% decrease in the cost of creating a nearly seamless video wall and as the depth, weight, and complexity of deployments fall rapidly with innovations in LCD video wall technology, they More…
Food 3 wide (Mobile)
Aug 29, 2013

Top 6 Benefits of a Tiled Video Wall of Planar UltraRes 4k Displays

Planar built a 3-wide tiled array of our new Planar® UltraRes™ 4k display at InfoComm 2013, which stopped traffic and turned heads. Here are the six things that made it unforgettable: 1. Combining the pixels of 3 separate 4k displays delivered a whopping 12-times full HD resolution canvas. That is over 25 million pixels on a single wall. 2. The Planar UltraRes features an optional and proprietary mounting system called Planar® Profile™ which results in a very narrow mounting depth and our unique tiling kit creates the smallest image-to-image gap between displays of this resolution. 3. The wall is extremely large. Each panel in the array measures 84” More…
Gucci (Mobile)
Aug 23, 2013

eTail Showrooms

There is an interesting trend occurring that contradicts the pundits who predict the demise of brick-and-mortar: pure-play etailers dabbling in physical stores. Last September, Gap-owned Piperlime opened a shop in the Manhattan neighborhood of SoHo, showcasing highlights from their line. Online eyeglass retailer, Warby Parker, opened physical stores in New York and on Newbury Street in Boston this Spring, expanding their “try at home” program to try in the store. Just in time for their well-publicized “Man of Steel” product tie-ins. Neil Blumenthal, founder of Warby Parker summarized it well in an interview last month with Lauren Sherman from More…
Gensler
Aug 20, 2013

Interactive Lobby Video Wall Creates a Unique Immersive Experience

Having selected Planar for its best-in-class video wall technology, global design firm, Gensler, entered into close collaboration with a billion-pixel interactive agency, The Hive, to create the immersive exploratory platform it calls the Gensler/Hive Multi-Surface Experience. This platform features a touch-enabled table on which a visitor selects content about Gensler and its work in numerous locations worldwide. The user browses through the content and then views selected information in larger-than-life form on the array of Planar displays, in 4k playback enabled by YCD | Wall.  The displays are especially important, because in combination with the More…
UltraRes car
Aug 14, 2013

Three reasons not to choose between 2D and 3D on the Planar UltraRes UR8450-3D

Although 3D has gone mainstream in the television and home cinema markets, so much so that it is taken for granted and hardly used in so many homes, the world of 3D visualization is growing strongly in commercial segments. The use cases for 3D vary from computational chemistry to geospatial engineering, from collaborative product visualization to design reviews of architectural projects. The best 3D experiences work with your body’s own visual system to create the 3D effect. It is, after all, an optical illusion. A trick to get each eye to think they are seeing stereo. Some systems use LCD shutter glasses and others, like Planar’s new UR8450-3D model More…
AIA Course
Aug 09, 2013

Designing Media Walls

Leading architects and designers can now learn how to incorporate digital media walls into their plans as part of the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Program. Planar is committed to providing comprehensive training and support to our valued reseller partners and offers multiple training courses tailored to different product knowledge needs and skill levels. Being an approved provider of American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System credit classes, our new class entitled Designing Media Walls: Imagery, Videos and Information on Digital Canvases is now being offered as a free one-hour lunch-&-learn or More…
planar-ultrares-front-controlroom (Mobile)
Aug 05, 2013

4k Connectivity

With today’s graphics cards, content servers and video processors supporting a combination of HDMI, DVI, SDI and DisplayPort outputs, it is not uncommon to have to convert one signal type to another.  Luckily, there are converters available today and those choices continue to grow in the market. Some conversion is passive, meaning that there is compact device requiring no external power. While others are active or powered, in which case the conversion device will be larger, will require a power source, and typically will be more expensive.  The general rule of thumb is that the newer, higher bandwidth connectors like HDMI and DisplayPort can passively More…
4K content on 4 K screens
Jul 30, 2013

4K content to 4K screens

The 4K ecosystem can be summarized as Capture – Play – Connect – Display, and all four pieces have to be there to create a useful solution. Working back from the display itself, driving a 4k screen with 4k content is a matter of connectivity and source. Connecting a 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution source to a 4K display typically involves some combination of HDMI and DisplayPort connections. In both cases, the version of the standard implemented is a critical factor in the display’s ability to receive a 4K signal over a single connection. The table below summarizes the capacity, in terms of resolution, refresh rate and color depth, that the various HDMI More…
Touch at Infocomm 2013
Jul 26, 2013

Touch Is The New Interface

It used to be that you had to put signs or attract loops telling customers to interact, but now mobile phones and natural human interface developments have us touching everything. We have been in the kiosk and point of sales touch screen business for a long time and we can tell you that interactivity is becoming increasingly important. The category is one of the fastest growing in the display space with year over year growth upwards of 30% with no end in sight. Planar’s touch screen display line-up has grown to include not only the small format displays like 15” to 27”, but larger single and tiled displays up to 300” diagonal for multi-user More…
3 Wide (Mobile) (1)
Jul 23, 2013

Finer Solutions Rules the Day

One of the key display trends affecting Data Visualization is the growth of high resolution displays. The 4k televisions that made a splash at CES have parallels in the commercial display space. This wall, for instance, is 12x HD with a whopping nearly 25 million pixels made up of three Planar® UltraRes™ 4k displays. It delivers stunning imagery and video and the pixels are imperceptible. This is important because there is a touch version of this product available and touch is bringing you arm’s length to displays and making resolution more important. Much has been said about Apple’s “retina” displays, which is a function of not only pixels-per-inch, More…