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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…
Apr 17, 2013

5 Reasons to Deploy Control Rooms

Market leading corporations are deploying control rooms for monitoring and simulation at a rapid rate, especially in growing industries like the energy sector. Some of the leading reasons to deploy control room solutions are as follows:1) Big data visualization: corporations have more data than ever before and making sense of it requires a visualization solution as expansive and scalable as the data set.2) Real-time monitoring: make the most of investments and protect critical infrastructure, with real-time monitoring solutions3) Distributed data and video sources: IP network video sources and data locations are spread worldwide and to access them in More…
Mar 28, 2013

In-depth look at Clarity Matrix 3D CAVE2

  The CineGrid International Workshop brings together experts from digital cinema, scientific visualization, networking, post production and education to share information about new workflows in creating, editing, distributing, restoring and archiving high resolution digital images and audio. The CineGrid Workshop aims to produce new collaborations that foster growth across international boundaries.  This video, taken during one of the workshops, tours the immersive CAVE2 at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Electronic Visualization Lab (EVL).  The hybrid reality environment is comprised of Planar's Clarity® Matrix™ 3D Video Wall.  Read more More…
Feb 21, 2013

I'm Loving It

Ever since Daniel Pink published a travel tip about the hidden benefits of eating at McDonald’s when you travel internationally (you can get a clear picture of cultural and gastronomical differences in short order, pardon the pun), I have been fascinated by the differences in McDonald’s menus around the world.  Chicken Mexican Wraps, a McRice burger, or lobster rolls are all on the menus at McDonald’s somewhere (Mexico, Taiwan and Montreal, respectively). Photo courtesy of McDonalds Times Square Fast forward to this past month when Portland-based brand fan, Jeb Boniakowski, posted an open letter to McDonald’s executives on TheAwl.com suggesting More…
Aug 22, 2012

Planar Providing Ultra High Definition Viewing Experience for London's Oakley Safehouse

The London Oakley Safehouse is a place that Oakley created and designed specifically for their athletes competing in the 2012 Olympic Games. Oakley took extraordinary measures to create a safe haven for the athletes to relax and escape the craziness of the Olympic Games.In the video, the Safehouse DJ, Thux, takes you on a tour of the technology used to run their audio and video.One of their media areas features two Planar video walls that consist of nine 46" Clarity LED Series displays. The video wall allowed athletes to enjoy high definition viewing of the Games with live sports feeds of events displayed from two channels at once. DJ Thux goes on to More…
Apr 20, 2012

Definitive Concepts, Inc. Unveils Motorized Video Wall

Definitive Concepts, Inc. recently designed and installed a motorized video wall with four (4) 46" Clarity Matrix Video Wall displays which slide open at the push of a button to reveal an 80" LCD television. Check out the video below of this sleek, one of kind entertainment center:
Aug 03, 2011

Planar 3D Exhibits at SIGGRAPH 2011

Planar Systems, Inc. will exhibit its StereoMirror/3D displays and a prototype of its 3D Matrix LCD Video Wall at SIGGRAPH 2011 in Vancouver, BC, August 9-11, 2011 in booth #683 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Here's a preview of some of the displays which will be on exhibit at SIGGRAPH: The Planar SA2311W 3D Vision Ready monitor is designed for 3D viewing but ideal for 2D viewing, as well. Suitable for playing the latest 3D games or modeling complex biomolecules, Planar's SA2311W has a fast 120Hz frame rate and 2 ms response time. Planar's PX2491W color accurate professional monitor is ideal for creative professionals that depend on More…
Jul 18, 2011

Line Up

By James WoodIn kindergarten I learned the subtle art of getting in line. At the beginning of class, at the end of class, before lunch and recess getting in line was the rule. We were taught early and often about how important it is to stand in line. Don’t cut. Keep the lines straight. The same practice is applied throughout my life at the coffee shop or the movie theater. Lining up is still important.Lining up is a metaphor for things working perfectly. If everything lines up then all the pieces necessary are exactly where they need to be. When it comes to a multi-panel display the phrase “lining up” is no metaphor for perfection, it’s the More…
Jun 02, 2011

Displays as Tough as Glass

By James WoodGlass has a reputation for being weak. When a boxer wants to talk about a foe who’s weak he might say: “He has a glass jaw.” Or there’s the old saying: “Those is glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” We think of glass as being the weak link in our houses or cars. Wood and steel will protect us where polished glass will fail. Granted, the reputation of glass has been earned over a long time, but what glass is doing now is anything but weak.Glass is used to stop bullets in armored cars, to protect astronauts in space and to cover the screen of your smartphone. The brittle analogy for weakness has come a long way through the coaxing of More…
May 26, 2011

Seen at ICFF, Lived at Planar

I saw this quote in a booth at ICFF. I thought it perfectly captured what Planar's approach is to the markets we serve:"It is our mission to promote public discussion and provide leadership on the role that innovative display technology can play."  In the architecture and design community, we believe that video displays and media products can be more than "big black rectangles." They can be an integral part of the design of a space and used by creatives as they would other cladding, wall covering, or building materials. Products like the Clarity Matrix LCD Video Wall illustrate this well, as interior designers and architects use it to demand more of More…