Planar Dominated the XR Stage at InfoComm 2022


GKs Daily Highlights Planar ArticleThe LED-centered stage market isn’t just relegated to TV shows like “The Mandalorian,” “Obi-Wan Kenobi” and the new “Game of Thrones” spinoff, “House of the Dragon,” that all use virtual production to render fictional environments (without going on location or using green screen). LED stages can be used in much the same way for corporate extended reality (XR). Corporate product launches, press conferences, live events and even the meeting room market are preparing for the influx of XR Stage applications that create immersive virtual environments for viewers. A small corporate LED stage can seem much larger or virtually take viewers somewhere else in real-time with the right in-screen and on-screen XR content.

At InfoComm, Planar showed why it’s one of the leaders in the XR display market right now with a live demonstration of an XR Stage that is likely one of the coolest we’ve ever shot at a trade show:

The stage used Planar CarbonLight VX Series; a 1.9-millimeter pixel pitch LED video wall and a 2.6-millimeter pixel pitch LED floor. The on-screen content looks excellent to the naked eye as well as to the video camera (which is the more important thing in XR). OptiTrack, Planar’s sister company, integrated a camera tracking system into the stage, enabling the on-screen content to move in real-time, relative to the perspective of the camera. It avoids parallax error and provides a more true-to-life visual experience for those watching the camera feed.

As you watched the video, your eye was probably drawn to the LED stage, but the real magic is shown on the smaller LCD display above the video wall, which shows the output from the camera. Watch the video again, but this time, pay attention to how much more real the environment looks on that display. This sort of visual effect opens many possibilities for corporate LED stage use, beyond big-budget cinematic productions.

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Planar didn’t just demonstrate its leadership in the XR market at InfoComm 2022. Additionally, the company showed a display designed for the modern workplace that has some meeting participants in the room and some working remotely. The Planar UC Complete has a 21:9 aspect ratio to show more remote participants on screen and suit Front Row for Microsoft Teams Rooms, too. Here’s the video we shot on the show floor of this application:

Planar has always been on the cutting-edge of fine pixel pitch LED and, at InfoComm, the company showed a 4K LED video wall with a 0.6-millimeter pixel pitch. Dubbed the Planar DirectLight Ultra Series, the high-resolution display uses microLED to achieve such a tight pixel pitch. The demo here is stunning:

Finally, Planar showed its entry-level fine pixel pitch LED video wall, known as the Planar MGP Series. Available in 1.2, 1.5, 1.8 and 2.5-millimeter pixel pitch options — costing about the same as older tiled LCD video walls — the solution gives organizations an affordable way to modernize from older technology. Check it out!