2014

4K bug new2
Jun 24, 2014

Is 4K Affordable?

Years ago, customers would expect to pay over $60,000 for a 56” 4K display.  Today, the world’s premier 4K displays in 84” diagonal, begin at $20,000. The Planar® UltraRes™ is making the world of immersive, Ultra HD affordable and the new Planar® EP Series 4k offerings, in 58” and 65”, make this resolution even more accessible.  4K is here to stay!  Starting with cinema standards in the early 2000’s and moving down into residential and commercial applications over the past few years, 4k has enjoyed the fastest growth rate of any new display technology.  People may be asking if 4k is necessary, but once you see it, you don’t want to go back. Now is the More…
4K bug new2
Jun 20, 2014

4K photography goes mobile

The trend towards higher resolution smartphone displays is well underway. HTC, LG, Samsung, and Sony are all looking to up the pixel count with their next generation handsets, and according to statements made a few months ago at a South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy analyst event, Samsung is planning to release an Ultra-HDTV smartphone sometime in 2015, that’s 3840 pixels wide by 2160 pixels tall, also known as 4K or Ultra HD resolution. Although the pixel density may not be viewable on a hand-held device, the ability of these cameras to take pictures at well beyond 4k will ensure a steady stream of high-resoultion content for displays More…
MatrixG2-newscallout
Jun 18, 2014

Ultra- Narrow Bezel LCD Video Wall with Embedded Processing

The award-winning Clarity® Matrix™ LCD video wall, now with G2 architecture, has integrated processing, called Big Picture Plus, allowing sources to be placed on the wall in a variety of configurations, from a single image across the whole tiled canvas, to portions of the wall or a single screen displaying a source. • Big Picture Plus is included as a standard feature with Clarity Matrix• Can be an alternative to a other video wall processors• Basic scaling capabilities to full display arrays• Expanded source routing capabilities• Quick configuration of scaling across the entire video wall or within a 2x2 The Clarity Matrix is also compatible with a More…
LCD Selector 290 x160
Jun 16, 2014

Find the right commercial display for your application

Planar unveils the new Large Format Display Selector today. Selecting the right large flat panel display from Planar has never been easier. It’s easy to use and after only 4 simple questions, the Large Format Display Selector will output the ideal display solutions based on your requirements. Find your Planar display today!
Infocomm 2014
Jun 10, 2014

Come see Planar at InfoComm 2014

You can count on seeing the award-winning Clarity® Matrix™, Planar® UltraRes™, and Planar® Mosaic™ and a host of products that illustrate Planar’s commitment to innovation. You will also experience a variety of new product offerings, never before seen illustrating the latest in 4k Ultra HD resolution displays, touch interactivity, and more. Mark your calendars for June 18-20, start your engines, and join us in Vegas at Booth # C6836 for an InfoComm you won’t forget. Get a free InfoComm pass from Planar!  
4K Face Off -4
May 29, 2014

4K Advertising Face-Off #4

The AV industry has been reacting to the new Ultra HD or 4k resolution displays and many have brought up concerns about the “availability of content.” In this series, we will face off the resolution of a 4k Planar UltraRes with a variety of common advertising platforms to illustrate that experienced graphic designers, advertisers, and brands have no problem creating “beyond HD” content and in fact, have been doing it for decades. In this fourth and final battle round, we compare the Planar® UltraRes™ 84” LCD display with a standard size outdoor billboard. For this analysis we used a CBS Outdoor example in Las Vegas, NV. The Planar UltraRes measures More…
Face Off 3
May 21, 2014

4K Advertising Face-Off #3

The AV industry has been reacting to the new Ultra HD or 4k resolution displays and many have brought up concerns about the “availability of content.”  In this series, we will face off the resolution of a 4k Planar® UltraRes™ with a variety of common advertising platforms to illustrate that experienced graphic designers, advertisers, and brands have no problem creating “beyond HD” content and in fact, have been doing it for decades. In this third battle round, we compare the Planar UltraRes 84” LCD display with a full-color vinyl banner the likes of which might be used to announce a store grand opening or special promotion. The Planar UltraRes More…
4K face off -2
May 15, 2014

4K Advertising Face-Off #2

The AV industry has been reacting to the new Ultra HD or 4k resolution displays and many have brought up concerns about the “availability of content”. In this series, we will face off the resolution of a 4k Planar® UltraRes™ with a variety of common advertising platforms to illustrate that experienced graphic designers, advertisers, and brands have no problem creating “beyond HD" content and in fact, have been doing it for decades. In this second battle round, we compare the Planar UltraRes 84”  LCD display with a full-page advertisement in the influential Conde Nast publication, Vogue. The Planar UltraRes measures 84” diagonal, or more than 6 feet in More…
Face Off 1
May 08, 2014

4K Advertising Face-Off #1

The AV industry has been reacting to the new Ultra HD or 4k resolution displays and many have brought up concerns about the “availability of content.” In this series, we will face off the resolution of a 4k Planar® UltraRes™ with a variety of common advertising platforms to illustrate that experienced graphic designers, advertisers, and brands have no problem creating “beyond HD” content and in fact, have been doing it for decades. In this first battle round, we compare the Planar UltraRes 84” LCD display with a full-page advertisement in the iconic New York Times newspaper. The Planar UltraRes measures 84” diagonal, or more than 6 feet across (in More…
Apr 29, 2014

Skins. Not Signs

We participated in an in spiring education session before the Digital Signage Expo this past Spring that put together technologists, like Planar, together with architects, designers, and consultants to explore the power of displays in environments. In this session, Sebastian Guivernau who is an architect with ZGF and on the adjunct faculty at the University of Oregon school of architecture, said that he is teaching his students to think of pixels as a building material or finish, in the same way that they have considered stone, wood, or tile in the past. This resonated with me as this is what we have been talking about for years. With the launch of More…