Clemson University Innovation Center Gets $1 Million in Planar Displays

Bright Tree Studios installs more than 190 interactive LCDs and 12 LCD video walls in Clemson University’s Watt Family Innovation Center.

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The Watt Family Innovation Center will be living up to its mission for years to come, thanks to a recent gift of more than $1 million in display technology from Planar.

Planar, a Leyard company, became the center’s first sustaining innovation partner when it donated more than 190 large-format, high-resolution interactive LCD displays and 12 LCD video walls, including one in the auditorium.

The displays and video walls throughout the 70,000-square-foot facility were integrated by Bright Tree Studios, the consulting wing for Synergy Media.

Planar Helps Create Trend-setting Facility

The Watt Center was designed to be an innovative hub where students, faculty and industry partners will collaborate, create, innovate and communicate, using state-of-the-art technology and interactive learning systems.

PHOTOS: Inside The Watt Family Innovation Center

Planar displays are front and center in the building’s main lobby. Each classroom, hallway and study space throughout the building features Planar LCD displays that can be used by students and teachers for formal or spontaneous collaboration.

The Planar gift is part of Clemson University’s The Will to Lead capital campaign, which was launched in 2006 in support of students, faculty, facilities and engaged learning. The campaign surpassed the goal of $1 billion in July, becoming the largest higher education fundraising effort in South Carolina.

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Adam Schmidt, vice president of sales, North America for Planar and Leyard, is excited his company is part of this trend-setting facility.

“The Watt Family Innovation Center is the finest example of how powerful and accessible the ‘classroom of the future’ can be, and we are honored that our display solutions are such an integral part of this accomplishment,” he said. “We look forward to partnering with Clemson on future demonstrations of excellence for many years to come.”

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