Digital Signage Players

Extron Announces 4K and Ultra HD Solutions

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4K and Ultra HD

Extron Electronics announces support of 4K and Ultra HD – UHD video systems that solve emerging design challenges by offering solutions for high-performance signal processing and distribution products.

Solutions include extending 4K and UHD video over a single twisted pair cable, videowall processors to leverage the high pixel density of the newest generation of displays, streaming encoders and decoders to extend 4K video over traditional network infrastructure, media players for playback of 4K content, and fiber optic distribution systems when pixel-for-pixel signal extension and switching are required in mission critical environments.

"New displays and projectors that provide 4K and UHD resolutions are being introduced every day, and AV system designers and integrators are looking for methods to support these systems," says Casey Hall, VP Sales and Marketing for Extron. "Extron has a broad range of products that provide high-performance signal extension, routing, and distribution solutions for transporting 4K and UHD digital video today and in the future."


Meet the “Willie” Bus

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Ever seen a streamlined bus? Nope, I haven’t either. Generally, they are built like boxes on wheels and have less design appeal than semi trucks and 18-wheelers.

Hang a sign or advertisement on a bus and it looks like, well, a flat sign on a boxy bus. And it’s a static message on a moving object…

So what if you could turn buses into moving real-time digital signage?

Tad Orlowski has a concept, the Willie Bus, which does just that. OK, go ahead and laugh at the name. All over?


Worldwide Distribution of 4K Moving Murals

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NanoTech Entertainment signs a worldwide distribution agreement with Epic Eye.

Under the agreement, UltraFlix (NanoTech’s streaming 4K Ultra HD service) gets 4K rights to distribute Epic Eye's Moving Murals gallery of 500 murals captured at 4K resolution-- along with any future 4K

NanoTech Entertainment is a pioneer in making 4K Ultra HD players (Nuvola brand) for consumers and businesses. Epic Eye is the parent company of Moving Murals.


Leyard Does the Frankfurt Auto Show

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Frankfurt Auto Show

Top automobile companies around the world gather together at the Frankfurt Auto Show to show the changes their latest technologies and design have brought to people's lives.

Now China display maker Leyard joins in by aiding the SMART Mercedes-Benz in the Frankfurt Auto Show.

In traditional auto shows, celebrations or stage performances, people often chose the P6 display screen, says Leyard. In recent years, high-end rental companies were choosing P4 to enhance the screen resolution because of the development of industrial technology in LED screens. But P4 is still governed by the fact that the screen is limited by the size and high resolution of the screen.

Says Leyard. “Leyard’s 1.9 HD screens have broken through the technical bottleneck, making full HD and 4K possible. Under the drive of the 4K concept within the video industry around the globe and giants in the global distribution leasing industry, the German LANG company has purchased one 4K P1.9 screen from Leyard for a top international event, and Mercedes-Benz used it at the Frankfurt Auto Show.”


Avnet Technology Solutions (ATS) Turns to Pro AV

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Avnet Logo

If you listened closely last week, you may have heard the rumble as the distribution landscape shifted once more.

Another giant of IT will focus on the Pro AV market. Avnet Technology Solution is a $10 billion distributor but unlike its cousins (Ingram Micro, Tech Data) Avnet ATS has always avoided the PC itself. Instead Avnet specializes in vertical markets and higher-valued IT networks and infrastructure.

Graeme Watt is President of Avnet Technology Solutions, EMEA and comes from their acquisition of Bell Micro, a storage distributor you may recognize as they frequented the broadcast industry (and often exhibited at IBC). Prior to Bell Micro, Watt was President EMEA at Tech Data EMEA.

Now Advantech, the embedded platform and integration services company, has signed an agreement with Avnet Technology Solutions. The partnership is formed specifically for the ProAV market in Europe.


Chief Launches FastFlip Digital Catalogue

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Chief releases its 2013-2014 online FastFlip digital catalog-- one featuring a streamlined layout with easy-to-navigate products and accessories, the result of their installer and dealer feedback.

The catalog includes the latest information on the Chief mount, rack, interactive technology and accessory ranges.

New products for 2013 include Fusion ceiling-mounted menu boards, bolt-down video walls and Kontour monitor array mounts.

The catalog is searchable, making it easier to find what you need, and is accessible from any device with an internet connection or downloadable as a standard PDF.

Go Chief FastFlip Digital Catalogue

Carta, Next Generation of Electronic Ink Display

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E Ink releases Carta, the next generation of electronic ink display technology that the company claims has the whitest and highest contrast ratio display in the industry.

Through the use of improved black and white pigments, Carta displays will deliver the best quality contrast ratio E Ink says it has ever delivered to the market. Carta has been specifically tuned for reading applications and offers the same benefits as earlier ink generations, including extremely low power consumption.


Planar Intros Cost-Effective Digital Signage Displays

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Planar Simplicity Series

Planar Systems says the Planar Simplicity Series line of large format LCD displays is its most affordable digital signage display option yet.

The series combine a slim, professional design with content playback capabilities and a full range of commercial features. They also offer built-in media playing, eliminating the need for a separate media player, as well as USB playback with scheduling, LAN and mobile device content distribution, built-in speakers and a Kensington security slot. The displays are ideal for use in retail stores, restaurants, medical offices, corporate meeting areas, museums and hospitality settings.


Elo Touch Expands Omnichannel Portfolio

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ELO tablet

Elo Touch Solutions (Elo) expands their portfolio to help retailers accelerate their omnichannel initiatives. These platforms enable mobile point of service, point of sale, virtual wardrobe, in-store kiosks, wayfinding directories and other applications that improve the shopper experience while arming the retail associate with the same online resources available to the consumer at the point of decision.

Elo’s omnichannel platforms include the recently launched Elo Tablet, all-in-one touch computers, interactive digital signage, open-frame touch displays and touch monitors.