Barco’s New LED Canvas Is Very Creative
Barco just unveiled what they are calling their ‘digital media canvas’ – an LED screen technology that’s different than traditional LED displays. Thanks to their thin, lightweight, and bendable design, the R-series attach easily to virtually any surface – especially on curved surfaces. Compared to today’s LED products, the ‘digital media canvas’ is the future for more creative freedom and greatly reduced setup time and cost. Designed for applications in retail, advertising, venues, and visitor attractions, the R-series frees customers from the limitations of traditional LED displays when digitizing their visual communication. Currently offered with a 10-mm pixel pitch, the outdoor-rated R10 is the first model of the digital media canvas family that’s being introduced, and it will be shipping from Q3 2016 onwards.
Installation and maintenance are key cost drivers for store façades, museums, theaters, houses of worship, stadiums, and corporate or event venues. Weighing less than 6 kg/m2, the R-series is much easier and faster to install than traditional LED displays, which minimizes installation cost. Offered in sheets up to 4.68 meters long and only 5 mm thick (including louvers), the digital media canvas covers all kinds of surfaces. Cabling, control, and power electronics are fully integrated on every sheet, to remove today’s cable clutter. Moreover, the power supply unit can be located remotely for easy servicing.
With minimal need for a supporting structure, the R-series can be glued onto a surface or wrapped around curved shapes. Thanks to its unique bendable design, architectural constraints are reduced and less space needs to be freed up. Plus, there are no visual segmentations or gaps, as is the case with standard tiled LED displays.
Because the total system weight of the R10 is up to 75 percent lighter than a traditional LED display, Barco’s digital media canvas can transform virtually any outdoor surface into a digital screen, at any time. Eliminating the need for heavy weight load support, this opens up a whole new dimension in creative design. Historic buildings, transportation vehicles, and many more objects can now be outfitted with LED visualization.