2016

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Jun 01, 2016

Build a Transparent Video Wall with Planar LookThru

Since its introduction last Fall, the Planar® LookThru™ Transparent OLED Display has been recognized as a very cool transparent product – both by end users and industry leaders, and has inspired a vision for digital storyboards for museums, retail stores, hotel lobbies, concert halls and the like. Today, we take it one step further by offering a range of components to simplify multi-display tiling in flat or corner configurations. In short, we are enabling the construction of transparent video walls which provide glasses-free augmented reality with this new, cutting-edge technology. In addition, we now offers Base Plates to secure the LookThru More…
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May 25, 2016

Headsetlessness

People love the idea of virtual reality, but may object to strapping a phone to their nose.  So, how can you get that augmented reality look without awkward (and unsanitary) headsets obscuring customers’ view of your live product? Planar® LookThru™, of course! It’s headset free. It’s available today. Content is easy to create in a standard resolution.  It’s never been easier.
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May 10, 2016

Installation Awards: Planar UltraRes Series

Have you participated in a Planar® UltraRes™ Series installation that shows off the display and the capabilities of the integrator, designer, or technology partner? Encourage them to submit a photo and description to the Installation Awards: Planar UltraRes Series.  Weekly award winners will be selected to win a $100 Visa® gift card and an award will be given for the entrant with the most submissions. We’ve received images of some fantastic installations and we’re excited to highlight them in Planar’s Case Studies app. Contest is open to residents of the United States and Canada (with the exception of Quebec). Submissions must be received before June More…
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May 04, 2016

Superchickens Need Not Apply

In her TED talk on how to increase productivity in the workplace, Margaret Hefferman tells the story of a flock of superchickens. It was a research study designed to look at productivity and genetics. One flock of chickens was left alone while the other flock was selectively bred based on the productivity (i.e. egg laying) of the hens. After six generations the control flock was flourishing and had higher egg production at the end of the experiment than at the beginning. The other flock, the one filled with superchickens, had only three survivors. The superchickens had pecked and clawed their way to more food and more productivity with the result More…
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Apr 11, 2016

The Rise, and Continued Rise of Desktop Monitors

Remember desktop monitors? They aren’t often seen as a locus of innovation or must-have technology. With the sales of desktop computers falling it might seem as if desktop displays have seen their heyday come and go. Cindy McCullough, Planar’s Desktop Monitor Product Manager, recently shared some of the amazing things that Planar is doing to not only keep desktop monitors relevant in a portable computing age, but to make them a must-have accessory. Flexibility As the devices that connect to monitors become more diverse, the monitors themselves need to have similar breadth. McCullough pointed out that Planar has something for everyone. “From 15 to 32 More…
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Apr 08, 2016

Planar, a Leyard company, Powers the Photo Booth Experience at TEDxPortland

April 9th will bring the magic of TED once again to Planar’s backyard in Portland, Oregon.  And Planar’s cutting edge technology, including the Planar® UltraRes™ and Planar® LookThru™ OLED transparent display will be featured as part of a new photo experience created for the guests at this year’s event. "We are excited to partner with Planar to activate an interactive photo booth experience at TEDxPortland 2016,” said David Rae, Chief Curator & Executive Producer, TEDxPortland. “Their technology and products will help connect with our attendees. We are forever grateful and humbled by their innovation and support.” Thousands of guests at More…
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Apr 07, 2016

The Truth about the "Wow Factor"

“Wow” is something you get once. You don’t get it the second time. Repeat visitors can get bored and tune out the thing that originally stopped them in their tracks. Every brand and retailer wants a “Wow” effect in their space. And that is less about the installation (although a large scale or uniquely shaped installation with great visual performance is critical) and more about the long-term content strategy.
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Mar 23, 2016

Slashers

Andrew Goodwin is the editor-in-chief of Public, a new magazine focused on public interest design, was interviewed by AIA Architect magazine (January 2015) and he talked about a growing trend of cross-discipline experts. “There are a lot of what I call ‘slashers’ coming out of school now – architects/designers. You can be writers, designers, advocates, fundraisers, project managers, teachers, and architects all at the same time.” I have heard other people call them “slashies.” Those people whose talent and experience cannot be contained to a single role, thus their titles become things like… screen writer/comedian film student/saxophonist software More…
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Mar 09, 2016

4 Reasons to Buy a 4K Display

The decision to upgrade to a 4K display might not be an easy one. It wasn’t all that long ago that things moved from standard definition to HD and now there’s another move to an even higher resolution display. Here are 4 reasons to upgrade to a 4K Ultra-High Definition (UHD) display. 1. Multiple Inputs Since 4K displays are four-times the resolution of HD screens you can use the multiple inputs on a PlanarⓇ 4K monitor to show four different feeds at full resolution on one screen. So instead of trying to piece together the inputs on four different screens or figure out how to have your video sources switch between them all, you can do everything from More…
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Mar 02, 2016

Planar Sponsors Marathon Scholars Winter Gold Gala 2016

Planar and it’s employees got involved with this year’s Marathon Scholars Winter Gold fundraising gala on Saturday, February 27th. Marathon Scholars is a Portland, Oregon-based non-profit that identifies high potential, low income 9 year olds and gives them their first college scholarship. Then, through a combination of mentoring and programming, sees them through to their college graduation. Telling students, who are often the first in their family to consider college, that they are university material is very powerful and the organization has graduated several classes now at 7x the average that one might expect from this “first graduate” More…