Digital Mannequin for Retail Clothing

Digital Mannequin for Retail Clothing
Use a "live" model, display more views and more product

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Retail Display - Looking Through You

"I'm looking through you..." so went the chorus line of a Beatles song. And it definitely applies in terms of the effect one is after when implementing a rear projection in the retail space.

Retail display is all about attraction, intrigue, hipness, enticement. It has to make you want the product. It has to promise more if you'll just come in the store.

That is why rear projection, and in particular, window video systems, are such a great starting point, and such a potentially powerful display tool. But once you decide it would be cool to have a moving image directly on your storefront window, then what? Do you need to have a solid, high-contrast image? Or would it be better to actually be able to see through the image?

Allowing for a digital image directly on the window glass, in essence, a digital window sign that can be seen through, could be the exact effect necessary, where there is a combination of actual product displayed, combined with the Digital Window effect.

Holographic means you have a sort of "ghostly", or see-through effect to the image. Granted, you lose some density with this approach, and you lose some viewing angle, but you gain a very distinct, subtle and surprising effect of having "animated" window glass.

This is markedly different from a more dense, high-contrast images requiring high-contrast window treatment that renders the glass opaque (usually charcoal gray.)

Holographics = surprise, intrigue and coolness. It's the "whoa, how'd they do that!!!" effect. And that can be a very powerful ally in point of purchase display. Now you've got them looking.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Integration: Mix and Match, Or...?

I've been getting questions about whether Looknglas systems can integrate with other systems or components.

Some have already invested in components, a screen here or there, and Digital control system, software or player. The question is basically coming from the standpoint, will this piece of hardware work with that one, or will this software control system work with those projection systems?

I guess the answer is, uhh, maybe.

The reality is that there are a great many components and software/hardware platforms out there. Digital Signage is a big fat generality. Theoretically, a lot of the stuff out there will work with a lot of the other stuff. You can't really know for certain about how anything works for or with anything else in a certain environment, for a given purpose, (with whatever content and look you envision,) until you evaluate and test. Assembling a Digital Signage or Display system isn't all that simple, because it's not just a gathering of technology hardware. Like with all serious business investments, a properly implemented system is a matter of goals and objectives, tailored specifically to the clients wants, needs and operating environment.

Digital Signage is really about your message, or how you want to communicate (talk) to your target audience. So you want to talk to them? Let's talk.