Planar has again brought digital media technology and architecture together in a public space with the installation of its Planar® Helium™ and Planar® Simplicity™ Series displays in the Center for Architecture in New York City. The displays currently provide interfaces to an exhibit called Considering the Quake: Seismic Design on the Edge. The displays will be incorporated into the design of future exhibits providing the means for delivering an immersive digital experience.
Installed in early 2014, Planar Helium and Planar Simplicity Series were selected as platforms to help architects, designers and engineers understand how certain structures and building materials will behave under differing earthquake circumstances. Each of the 32-inch Planar Simplicity shows videos and renderings of building construction as well as building materials undergoing earthquake testing. The 24-inch Planar Helium is an interactive platform with up to 10 touchpoints that, when touched, cause a displayed image to shake and sway as a building might do in an actual earthquake.