Creative display sizes and form-factors are hard to come by. Nearly every display manufacturer exclusively sells 16:9 or 16:10 aspect ratio monitors — with few other options.
But, GPO Display has a line of 16”, 19”, 24”, 28” and 48” monitors that are like the width of a panoramic photo taken with your smartphone. With the exception of the 1,366 horizontal pixel resolution 16” version, the horizontal pixel resolutions of the line are all 1920, with vertical resolutions varying between 260 pixels to 540 pixels. Plus, every single display can be customized with a choice of bezels, front and back cover as well as branding — yes, they will even brand them with your company’s or school’s logo.
In case you’re worried about creating content for the displays, all you have to do is create content that’s designed for a 1920×1080 monitor (or for 1366×768 for the 16” version) and have the area you want to be displayed on any of the panoramic displays in the top ½ or 1/3 of the screen.
In addition to standing out — since they aren’t the same-old 16:9 aspect ratio — they can be used in more places since they are smaller in height — for example, for display in transit applications, digital signage and gaming. But we can see these being used in a conference room or meeting room as a stock-ticker display or a world clock — perhaps even outside a room as a room scheduling display. In a call-center, this could be used as a call-queue display and in a restaurant, a menu board.
The idea is to get the integrator and the client to think outside the traditional rectangle and offer-up a creative display option. The brightness of each display ranges from 320 nits to 700 nits. The lifetime for the displays is spec’d to be 30,000 hours. Inputs include two HDMI, one VGA and one USB, plus there’s a built-in digital signage media player.
Here’s a blog that GPO Display wrote that has a few examples for using the panoramic monitor.
GPO Displays will feature the Panoramic Display series at InfoComm in booth 2385.