Tuesday, September 18th 2012

Planar Helium Display Lights Up the Windows 8 Touch Experience

Today, Planar Systems, Inc., a global leader in digital display technology, announced of the introduction of the Planar Helium family of multi-touch desktop monitors designed to bring the touch experience alive when paired with a Microsoft Windows 8 device such as an Ultrabook, tablet or desktop PC.

The Planar Helium family debuts with a 27-inch model (model PCT2785), capturing the Microsoft Windows 8 touch experience without costing thousands of dollars for an all-in-one solution. To use touch-enabled features, customers simply plug the monitor directly into their Ultrabook, tablet or desktop PC. The monitor includes a sleek, easily-adjustable, and ergonomically-friendly Helium Stand for a comfortable and controlled user experience. It also comes with a built-in webcam for video communication such as Skype, Microsoft Lync, and other webcam-based collaboration or video conferencing tools.


"The desktop of the future is touch, and the Planar Helium multi-touch monitor delivers the ultimate touch experience," said Cris Derr, product marketing director for Planar Systems. "This feature-rich monitor brings out the best in Windows 8 and with the touch technology, unique stand design and webcam, it facilitates user productivity and collaboration."

Designed to Improve User Productivity

The Planar Helium multi-touch monitor is ideal for software developers, enterprise users and individual technology enthusiasts. Software developers, test engineers and designers will benefit from the ability to build and test touch-enabled applications right from the desktop. Businesses will benefit from high-quality presentations, easier data analysis, and collaboration features for improved decision making. Consumers, gamers and technology enthusiasts will enjoy the robust touch experience on a large display.

"The giant 27-inch Planar Helium display really brings out the best in Windows 8," says David Kelly, Principal UX Architect & Microsoft MVP of [wire]stone. "As a firm focused on touch experiences with numerous touch-enabled applications for Windows 8, we’re using the monitor to develop and test our all of our applications. The high quality touch experience and combined feature set of the Planar Helium monitor has really improved our development time to market, as well as our overall workflow with Windows 8."

The Ultimate Touch-Screen Experience at an Affordable Price

The Planar 27-inch Helium multi-touch monitor offers the following advantages:

Affordable price: With a manufacturer suggested retail price of $899, the low-price 27-inch Planar Helium monitor lets users capture the Windows 8 touch experience without the expense of all-in-one solution. Customers can plug the monitor into practically any work environment including workstations, Ultrabooks and tablets to light up the benefits of the touch enabled Windows 8 operating system.

Controlled and comfortable use: The ergonomically-friendly and easy-to-adjust Helium Stand helps users avoid touch-screen fatigue. With very light pressure from the user, the unique, easy-to-use stand is easily adjustable from 15° to 70° and can also be laid flat or mounted on a wall.

Improved productivity: The Planar Helium monitor provides a 27-inch bright display designed to increase productivity. It offers a built-in full HD webcam and microphone for video communication and a built-in USB hub that allows users to connect other peripherals directly to the monitor. The display can also be paired with other non-touch monitors.

The ultimate touch-screen experience: Using the same projected capacitive touch technology found in smart phones, the Planar Helium monitor delivers 20 simultaneous touch points that recognize touch input from finger, thin gloved hand or conductive stylus.

A stylish, personalized look: The monitor provides a super sleek, modern design. And with Planar Select, customers can select from several different patterns and colors to achieve a unique and personalized look.

The Planar Helium 27-inch monitor will be available in early October 2012 through Planar's network of authorized resellers. For more information, please visit www.planar.com/helium.
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14 Comments on Planar Helium Display Lights Up the Windows 8 Touch Experience

#1
Delta6326
Would be interesting to see if this can be hooked up to the Raspberry Pi and use XBMC on it!
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#2
Octavean
~$899 for a 1920x1080 27” touch display,……

I don’t think so,…..

If it were 120Hz or greater, IPS, 3D and 2560x1440 with a better stand then maybe,…. ;)
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#3
PopcornMachine
by: Cristian_25H

Affordable price: With a manufacturer suggested retail price of $899, the low-price 27-inch Planar Helium monitor...
I don't know what universe they're living in, but in mine $899 is not even close to "affordable" or "low-price". :confused:

And why is it that I need a touch screen anyway? :rolleyes:

Oh yeah, Microsoft is trying force a new OS on everyone. :mad:
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#4
AphexDreamer
by: PopcornMachine
I don't know what universe they're living in, but in mine $899 is not even close to "affordable" or "low-price". :confused:

And why is it that I need a touch screen anyway? :rolleyes:

Oh yeah, Microsoft is trying force a new OS on everyone. :mad:
They are living in the Rich universe. They probably where space suits just to interact with us.
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Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: Octavean
~$899 for a 1920x1080 27” touch display,……

I don’t think so,…..

If it were 120Hz or greater, IPS, 3D and 2560x1440 with a better stand then maybe,…. ;)
Ok, lets try to find one that fills these requirements.here's one. Count on it being more than $10 000.

by: PopcornMachine
I don't know what universe they're living in, but in mine $899 is not even close to "affordable" or "low-price". :confused:
The closest one here is an Acer for about €700. So yeah I think it's a pretty fair price.

In short, you people don't know what you're on about.

I'd like something like this (with a simliar resoultion), but 10" instead. That would be sweeeeeeeeet.
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#6
ShiBDiB
by: Frick



The closest one here is an Acer for about €700. So yeah I think it's a pretty fair price.

In short, you people don't know what you're on about.
No.. $900 is not cheap.. ever..
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Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: ShiBDiB
No.. $900 is not cheap.. ever..
Sure it is, it depends entirely on what it is. If I got a Ferrari for $900 I'd consider it cheap.

And that is what you have to do, put prices in perspective. "Cheap" and "expensive" are not fixed values, they depend on context.
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#8
PopcornMachine
by: Frick
Ok, lets try to find one that fills these requirements.here's one. Count on it being more than $10 000.



The closest one here is an Acer for about €700. So yeah I think it's a pretty fair price.

In short, you people don't know what you're on about.

I'd like something like this (with a simliar resoultion), but 10" instead. That would be sweeeeeeeeet.
I know what I'm on about.

It's you that thinks $900 for something people don't need is cheap.

It's not cheap for anything, or I'd have 3 2560x1600 displays.
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Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: PopcornMachine
I know what I'm on about.

It's you that thinks $900 for something people don't need is cheap.

It's not cheap for anything, or I'd have 3 2560x1600 displays.
Because you don't need it doesn't mean no one needs it. And again, they are not fixed values, they depend on what you're getting. See the car example above.

BTW, $900 for 3 2560x1600 displays would be cheap. ;)
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#10
Octavean
by: Frick
Ok, lets try to find one that fills these requirements.here's one. Count on it being more than $10 000.
Actually I was kidding. Sorry you seemed to have missed that.

I think I have a fairly firm grasp on what the market has to offer and at what price. I’m still not interested in this monitor though. I have four 27” monitors (one 2560x1440 and three 1920x1080) and while I do have some touch capable devises (new iPad, HP Touchpad, Asus Eee Slate EP121 Core i5 Windows 7 tablet PC and so on) I don’t see the need for touch on the desktop.

I also have an older HP Touchsmart All-In-One PC and its early proprietary touch system made me think it would be easier to integrate touch into the market with a cheap add-on rather then integrated on higher priced components (monitor or AIO PC). For example something like this:

http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/17/zorro-macsk-review/
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#11
PopcornMachine
by: Frick
Because you don't need it doesn't mean no one needs it. And again, they are not fixed values, they depend on what you're getting. See the car example above.

BTW, $900 for 3 2560x1600 displays would be cheap. ;)
Your self description is accurate.
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#12
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: PopcornMachine
Your self description is accurate.
That I can agree on, but any particular reason you think this is so?

@octaveon: Indeed i did not get it was a joke. And yeah touch on a traditional desktop isn't a very good idea (i'd like to have some Kinect technology there, or voice control), but in certain settings it isn't a bad idea imo.
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#13
hellrazor
Has the Microsoft Reality Distortion Field gone contagious?
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#14
PopcornMachine
by: hellrazor
Has the Microsoft Reality Distortion Field gone contagious?
Apparently.
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