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Planar Showcases the Industry’s Largest Interactive Display with Corning® Gorilla® Glass

LAS VEGAS, February 12, 2014–Today, at the Digital Signage Expo 2014 in Las Vegas, Planar Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR), a global leader in display and digital signage  technology, unveiled the breakthrough 84-inch 4K Planar® UltraRes™  Touch with ERO™ featuring Corning® Gorilla® Glass.

By combining Planar’s exclusive Extended Ruggedness and Optics (ERO) optical glass bonding technology with Gorilla Glass, an industry-leading cover solution, the 84-inch 4K Planar UltraRes Touch is durable and scratch resistant,  making it ideal for digital signage and public venue applications. Planar UltraRes Touch now also supports up to 32 simultaneous touch points, offering the ultimate solution for multi-user applications, including collaboration walls and touch tables.

“The addition of Corning Gorilla Glass to our proprietary ERO optical bonding technology further enhances the durability and visual performance of the Planar UltraRes Touch display,” said Becky Connors, product marketing manager at Planar Systems. “By dramatically increasing the number of touch points, we’ve made it possible for organizations to create highly immersive and engaging experiences.”

For retail stores, museums, hospitality and corporate lobbies, Planar UltraRes Touch offers the durability and flexibility needed for a robust interactive experience.  Planar UltraRes Touch also provides the key features necessary for corporate meeting rooms where touch capability enhances group collaboration. 

Built for Unsurpassed Durability and Performance 

With Planar’s ERO technology, Corning Gorilla Glass is optically bonded to the LCD cell using a proprietary process unique to Planar, providing exceptional durability and performance.  The ERO process keeps out dust and moisture and improves image contrast by eliminating the air gap between the display and the glass. Gorilla Glass is more than four times stronger than tempered soda-lime glass, which enables a substantially-thinner design, and it better resists scratches that can cause the glass to break. Due to the Gorilla Glass’ thinness, parallax and the resulting touch errors are reduced, weight is decreased, while touch sensitivity and display responsiveness are improved.

“We are thrilled for the launch of Planar’s 84-inch UltraRes Touch featuring the world’s largest piece of Gorilla Glass,” said David Loeber, business director for Large Cover Glass at Corning Incorporated. “Planar’s expertise in commercial signage hardware and optical bonding paired with Corning’s expertise in advanced glass solutions yields an innovative product and a great opportunity for collaboration.”

Designed for Style and Function

Planar UltraRes Touch offers a sleek design with an attractive, narrow bezel of just 1.3 inches, providing an elegant backdrop for stunning ultra-high resolution content. It has a mounted depth of only 3.6 inches, making it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for protruding objects in public environments. The display supports both landscape and portrait orientation, and a logo-free bezel makes it equally practical to use the display in either mode.

With a native 4K resolution of 3840 x 2160, Planar UltraRes Touch provides four times the resolution of a full HD display for advanced clarity—even at short viewing distances for touch users. And with optically-clear Gorilla Glass, every detail is displayed with outstanding color rendition, contrast, and resolution.

Planar UltraRes Touch displays come standard with Planar MediaPlex™ software, which allows up to eight directly attached sources to be viewed, four at a time, in 42-inch diagonal full HD quadrants. Upon command, any of the quadrants can be upscaled to fill the entire 4K display area. Available only from Planar, this feature provides a unique way to display both touch and non-touch content on the same display.

Planar UltraRes Touch displays featuring Corning Gorilla Glass and 32 touch points will be available through Planar’s global network of authorized resellers in the second calendar quarter of 2014. Visit Booth #405 at the Digital Signage Expo 2014 to learn more about the Planar UltraRes Touch and to see a demonstration. Additional information is available at http://www.planar.com/ultrares.

 

About Planar 

Planar Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR) is a global leader in display and digital signage technology, providing premier solutions for the world’s most demanding environments. Retailers, educational institutions, government agencies, businesses, utilities and energy firms, and home theater enthusiasts all depend on Planar to provide superior performance when image experience is of the highest importance.  Planar video walls, large format LCD displays, interactive touch screen monitors and many other solutions are used by the world’s leading organizations in applications ranging from digital signage to simulation and from interactive kiosks to large-scale data visualization. Founded in 1983, Planar is headquartered in Oregon, USA, with offices, manufacturing partners and customers worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.planar.com.

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