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Planar announces large area transparent OLED technology

The vision of transparent displays, popularised for decades in science fiction movies and television shows, is now nearing reality

4 Feb 2015 | Editor

Planar Systems has announced it will feature new transparent OLED technology this month at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2015. The 55-inch prototype at ISE 2015 will utilise Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology to improve the transparency of see-through displays, creating new opportunities for experience design while overcoming a major hurdle to transparent display adoption.

According to Planar this is a first-of-its-kind technology that demonstrates Planar’s continued developments in transparent displays, which began 16 years ago and continues with the Planar "LookThru" Series transparent LCD display offering.

Planar - Transparent 55-inch OLED display

Figure: Planar - Transparent 55-inch OLED display

Jennifer Davis, vice president of marketing at Planar Systems, said, "The vision of transparent displays, popularised for decades in science fiction movies and television shows, is now nearing reality." Jennifer added, "This technology is poised to revolutionise space design, customer engagement, and the digital display of information and branding for decades to come, and we are proud to be a pioneer in this next wave of transparent display development."
Thomas Wester, technology director of Second Story, which is part of the storytelling agency SapientNitro, said, "We are excited to see the new types of experiences we can create with transparent OLED." Thomas added, "It represents an exciting new canvas to paint on, and we are proud to be developing one of the first public experiences to demonstrate this technology. Planar is a leader when it comes to innovation in transparent displays and this latest OLED technology demonstration showcases their ongoing commitment to pushing boundaries. With them, we want to encourage the industry and our clients to envision how they might achieve more compelling customer experiences."

Benefits of transparent OLEDs

Planar’s transparent OLED will allow designers to activate glass surfaces that are incorporated into these spaces, like interior windows, room dividers and partitions.

Transparent displays allow users to view what is shown on a glass video screen while still being able to see through it, enabling them, for example, to overlay digital images onto real objects that sit behind the glass.

Based on continued customer feedback and further technology development under way, Planar anticipates adding transparent OLED technology as a product offering in early 2016, paving the way toward broad market adoption.

Transparent OLED is ideal for a broad range of applications including those in retail, museum and corporate settings. Retailers can install these displays in front of actual products to provide digital information about their merchandise, creating augmented reality experiences.

Museums can use them to encourage patrons to interact with exhibits by displaying artifacts overlaid with text, images or video content designed to educate and inspire.

Companies can incorporate them into their lobby, cafeteria and conference rooms as a dynamic way to present information to employees and customers while maintaining an interior design aesthetic of modern transparency.

Source: Planar Systems


About Planar System

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.

Source: Planar

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