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Jul 26, 2013 1:11 PM, By Tim Kridel

Interactivity options for digital signage.

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Interactivity at Work: Northeastern University Visitor’s Center

At the Northeastern University Visitor’s Center, AV integration firm Whitlock installed four projectiondesign F32 SXGA+ DLP projectors in a 2x2 blended configuration driving one touchscreen measuring around 7.5ft. high by 9.25ft. wide. A pair of F32 1080p projectors mounted side-by-side powers a 2.5ft. by 9.25ft. banner area above. There is an almost identical configuration on the opposite wall that is only slightly wider to fit with the space available between the architectural glass wall and the lobby entrance. The ‘Spinning Globe’ screen uses two projectiondesign F32 SXGA+ resolution projectors throwing onto a surface 6.5ft. high by 5ft. wide, with a 4ft. banner area above powered by a single F32 1080p. PQ Labs Multi-Touch G32 overlays are used on the projection surfaces to bring motion data to a series of 12 network computers, allowing visitors to interact with its content using all 10 fingers. Visitors can pull up videos, still images, and information, choosing data on particular education programs using a GUI developed by Downstream. News feeds come from Twitter and RSS, while the static banners atop the two main walls display different content in keeping with the time of day and complementing the lobby’s LED lighting system.

Interactivity Options: Planar 4K Multi-touch Display

At InfoComm 2013, Planar Systems announced that it is adding multi-touch, multi-user capabilities to its Planar UltraRes Series 4K LCD display product line.

The addition of touch technology to the Planar UltraRes Series line of 4K displays expands Planar Systems’ ultra-high-definition category by combining a multi-touch experience with 4K-image clarity. It offers a solution for professionals who seek to collaborate or annotate using a large viewing area, the high image resolution, and enterprise-level features. It is also ideal for applications such as way finding, product catalogs, and any interactive digital signage designed to promote customer engagement.

The Planar UltraRes Touch offers six simultaneous touch points, so multiple users can collaborate and interact at the same time. The display recognizes common touch gestures including tapping, scrolling, pinching, and rotating. With a native 4K resolution of 3840x2160, Planar UltraRes Touch provides four times the resolution of a full HD display. The Planar UltraRes Touch is available in three versions: UltraRes Touch LX offers 350-nit brightness. It’s suitable for meeting rooms and control rooms for whiteboard, collaboration, videoconferencing, and presentation applications.

UltraRes Touch MX offers 500-nit brightness, and both landscape and portrait modes. It’s ideal for public venue and higher ambient light environments for branding, advertising, and interactive digital signage applications. UltraRes Touch 3D offers 420-nit brightness, and 2D and 3D viewing. It’s the ideal model for customers who work with 2D and 3D visual information for big data analysis, simulation, and a range of uses in the design industry.

Planar UltraRes Touch comes standard with fail-over power supplies; a quiet, fanless design; and a service access mode enabled by the Planar Profile mounting system. It has a logo-free metal bezel and a wide range of digital connectivity options. Using the Planar Profile mount, it installs less than 4in. from the wall, making it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Planar UltraRes Touch is available immediately.

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