Key to the success of the installation is Planar's technology. The interactive video wall is composed of 15 Clarity Matrix LCD video wall displays in a five-foot wide by three-foot high configuration. The video wall features the latest in multi-touch technology with 32 touch points, allowing multiple users to interact simultaneously with the video wall.Using Interactive Content to Increase Visitor Engagement Clarity Matrix LCD video wall technology allowed the creators of the Space Needle SkyPad to place content wherever they wanted on the video wall. A center section of the video wall depicts images of the Space Needle from the time it was constructed to the present day. Visitors can use the display's touch capabilities to select images of interest and then explore them in greater detail with the touch of a finger. While other touch video walls require protective glass in front of the video wall, the Clarity Matrix MultiTouch features Planar® EROTM (Extended Ruggedness and Optics™) technology that provides a continuous touch surface, delivering better optical performance and ease of installation and service. On either end of the SkyPad are one-by-three foot display sections that make up a digital guest book. This is especially popular because guests can "pin" themselves and their names, home states and/or countries so that they appear on a digital globe within each display. With their names up in lights on the globe, visitors can snap photos and share their Space Needle experience on social media. Guests can also upload images to the Space Needle website and add them to the Space Needle's social media content stream. Since the video wall was installed in July 2014, more than 93,000 visitors from 285 countries have added their names to the guest book. Engagement numbers continue to increase as the superior visual performance of the Clarity Matrix video wall draws visitors into the experience.
"The image quality is beautiful even when standing close and interacting with the video wall. We can also broadcast HDTV on it and it looks amazing," Olson said.The SkyPad video wall builds on the use of top-notch digital technology throughout the Space Needle, while saluting the building's legacy as an icon of Space Age innovation. 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 www.planar.com.