Planar Systems Inc. (Portland, Ore.) is accepting submissions for its Clear Concept Award program through January 8. It is the first-ever competition focused on organic light-emitting diode transparent display technology.
The grand prize winner will receive paid travel expenses for two to Digital Signage Expo 2016 in Las Vegas and a first-of-its-kind Planar LookThru OLED transparent display.
The Clear Concept Awards competition, co-sponsored by the SEGD and Digital Signage Expo (DSE) along with Planar Systems, is designed to encourage inspiring new applications for see-through installations, which represent the next wave of digital signage.
The design competition comes as Planar Systems debuts its Planar LookThru OLED transparent display, a breakthrough product that creates a new category for see-through displays. The first-of-its-kind 55-in. transparent display utilizes cutting-edge OLED technology, overcoming one of the major hurdles to transparent LCD display adoption by making it possible to create truly see-through installations unobstructed by backlights or enclosures.
“Transparent displays have captured the imagination of filmmakers, futurists and designers for decades,” says Jennifer Davis, vice president of marketing and product strategy at Planar Systems. “This design competition celebrates that ingenuity and provides opportunities for professionals and students alike to imagine new applications for transparent displays, expressing themselves in activated glass.”
Entrants to the Clear Concept Awards must submit a sketch or rendering that demonstrates a specific use of an OLED transparent display that is both technically feasible and illustrates creative innovation. Submissions must also include a sketch or sample of the on-screen content and user experience. The contest is open to all U.S. residents excluding employees of Planar Systems, SEGD and DSE. The deadline for submissions is January 8, 2016.
Winners will be selected by a jury that includes:
- Nathan Moody, Design Director at Stimulant
- Christopher Hall, Editor of Digital Signage Today
- Brian James, Design Director at Downstream
- Anthony Vitagliano, Director of Experience Design at Digital Kitchen
- Dan Moalli, Senior Vice President at Technomedia
- Robert Pinon, Vice President at MHTN Architects
Winners will be announced on March 16, 2016 at the Digital Signage Expo APEX Awards Reception in Las Vegas, with all finalists and honorable mentions featured on the Planar Systems website.