Around 9 years ago a new resolution hit the audio video industry and took it over by storm. That resolution was 1080p. Fast forward to present time, there is a newer and higher resolution that is upon us and about to take over, that being 4K. 4K or ultra high definition is 4 times higher than 1080p. Most, if not all, of the major manufacturers of LED panels have some sort of 4K piece in their current lineup of displays, whether it is professional grade or consumer.
Along with the introduction of this new resolution, touch technology has been on the rise for a while and got a major boost with Apple introducing the iPhone and iPad respectively. There are various types of touch technology out there and many different ways to use them. Sharp introduced touch into their lineup about 3 years ago with their Line of Aquos boards the PN-L602B, PN-L702B and PN-L802B’s. These pieces have been well received in the Pro AV market with Sharp being known for their large format displays and now having the 60, 70 and 80 inch sizes with touch capability. Sharp, known for large commercial LED panels, went a different direction when it came to 4K on the pro side. About 2 years ago Sharp introduced the PN-K321 – a 32 inch ultra high definition display. It has won various awards in the Pro AV industry and marketed in different verticals such as corporate, financial, science and medical.
Sharp took a step further taking 4K technology and touch technology to create a brand new 32-inch full 4K touch capable monitor – the PN-K322B. It is 24/7 rated and shipping now. This monitor supports up to 10 points of touch, landscape or portrait mounted, and can be embedded into kiosks or stands. Imagine going into a car dealer and flipping through their catalog on a kiosk and seeing every aspect of the car in 4K. Or going to a museum to get an up close look at the art along with scrolling through the story behind it. There are endless uses for the PN-K322B and I can’t wait to see how Pro AV integrators will use this great product from Sharp.