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Panasonic releases 4K display line-up and multi-touch videowall

Panasonic has launched a new six-model range of 4K professional displays along with a new ShadowSense touchscreen videowall solution.

The new EQ1 Series of 4K displays from Panasonic includes models from 43 to 86in with portrait and landscape capabilities, each outputting at 350cd/sqm brightness.

The 4K range combines high image quality with a narrow bezel (between 11.9 to 15.2mm), maximising the screen area in relation to the display’s physical size. 

The displays are suited to shopping centres, showrooms, meeting rooms and classrooms, providing high colour quality and various functions for flexible usage. The two largest panels (86 and 75in) feature In-Plane Switching technology, which maintains colour accuracy and clear visibility when the screen is viewed off-axis. 

To support the latest 4K and full HD video content and increase connectivity, all the displays have two HDCP 2.2-compliant HDMI terminals to play DRM-protected content, while non-4K sources are also automatically compensated to improve the quality of the image.

“The design focus for the EQ1 Series, was to simplify the installation, setup, and control of the displays,” said Hartmut Kulessa, European marketing manager at Panasonic. “Each has simple signage mode with an in-built USB media player that displays 4K and full HD without the need for external cables or a Set-top Box. This allows synchronised playback on multiple devices via USB and LAN, with the additional option to set a timer for easier signage scheduling, powering the device on and off.”

In addition, Panasonic has launched a new ShadowSense touchscreen videowall solution, offering full customisation with high visibility, performance, and reliability.

Aimed at retailers, museums and high-end corporations, the fully customisable multi-touch solution is built with Panasonic’s 55in panels to provide a cost-effective method to create an interactive videowall display of any size. The most common configurations are 2×2, 3×1, 3×2, 4×2 or 4×3. In addition, the touch functionality overlay can be installed on site by Panasonic as part of a service package or ordered separately.

Three different types of 55in panels are available in 700 cd/sqm (VF1-SST and LFV70-SST) or 500 cd/sqm (LFV8-SST), providing high brightness visibility with 24/7 robust operation. All are designed with a seamless bezel, ensuring all videowalls have no disruption between the screens.

The ShadowSense technology uses sensors to detect an object’s shadow and work out its exact location. It is able to recognise a maximum of 20 different simultaneous touch points for larger videowalls, with 12 touchpoints in simple configurations such as 2×1. The technology automatically detects and switches between input devices, such as a fingertip, stylus or eraser and is also able to identify and ignore accidental touches.

“We feel it is incredibly important to provide a flexible, customised service which meets customers’ needs, which is why we provide installation of the touch overlay on site,” commented Kulessa. “This solution offers a totally seamless design of high quality interactive images with an overlay that enables fast, real-time response, high touch accuracy and outstanding performance in bright areas with no disruptions between screens.”