BRIEF: Planar seeks to capitalize on Windows 8 with 27-inch touch-screen monitor [The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.]By Mike Rogoway, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
Sept. 18--As tiny smartphones and tablets gain popularity with intuitive touch screens, Oregon display companies are thinking bigger.
Tualatin-based InFocus Corp. released its Mondopad last year, a 55-inch touch-screen PC designed for videoconferencing and presentations at corporate meetings. It's now building its whole turnaround strategy around the device.
And Hillsboro-based Planar Systems announced plans today for a 27-inch touch-screen monitor, designed to work with Microsoft's forthcoming Windows 8 operating system, which is optimized for touch-screen tablets and laptops.
And, Planar hopes, for desktops.
Planar says the Helium will retail for $899 and can be adjusted from 15 to 70 degrees so you can type and touch at the same display. It'll be available in October.
Computer monitors were a $55 million business for Planar a decade ago, but prices fell dramatically between 2005 and 2008, undermining the business.
The company no longer breaks out its business segments by revenue, but last quarter Planar said desktop monitor revenue increased 17 percent from the third quarter last year. Unit volume was up 61 percent (offset by declining prices.)
-- Mike Rogoway; twitter: @rogoway; phone: 503-294-7699
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