on December 10, 2013

CINEASIA (BOOTH #214), HONG KONG, DECEMBER 10TH 2013 - Harkness Screens the world's leading manufacturer of projection surfaces for cinema and thought- has leaders in on-screen brightness recently carried out an independent verification of the new Volfoni SmartCrystalTM Diamond Passive 3D system.

"We're constantly asked to give an informed opinion on the capabilities of the latest cinema technologies and how these affect cinema presentation. Being able to independently test the SmartCrystalTM Diamond system on behalf of Volfoni enables us to better understand this brand new technology and provide our customers and indeed the industry as a whole with insight into its capabilities," says Matt Jahans, European Technical Services Manager for Harkness Screens.

Tested at Harkness' screen laboratory facility in France, Harkness certified the overall light efficiency of the new Volfoni SmartCrystalTM Diamond system at 28%.

"It is easy as a manufacturer to quote a theoretical technical capability to the industry. Having a respected voice like Harkness independently verify our SmartCrystalTM Diamond 3D system adds an extra level of credibility to our technology," says Alain Chamaillard, EMEA Managing Director of Volfoni.

The verification test was carried out in a controlled environment by projecting white light on to a 10m (39ft) Clarus 170 3D screen surface. Initial light measurements were taken in 2D with no 3D equipment (3D unit or glasses) between the projected light path and a light meter. These were then compared to light readings taken from the same position in the screen laboratory with both the SmartCrystalTM Diamond unit and eyewear between the projected light path and light meter.

"Having seen the SmartCrystalTM Diamond 3D system operating with Harkness' new Clarus technology, it is obvious that cinema exhibitors have a new and exciting combination of the latest technology to enable some of the best 3D experiences to date. We believe that in SmartCrystalTM Diamond 3D and Clarus technology from Harkness exhibitors around the world can now benefit from the brightest, most immersive and captivating 3D experience for their customers at an affordable price. There is no doubt having seen the technology up close that in Clarus Harkness has developed a screen technology that will enhance the movie going experience around the world and we look forward to working closely with them on further technology collaborations in the future," Chamaillard concludes.

Harkness has added the new SmartCrystalTM Diamond 3D system to its Digital Screen Modeller tool which will be available to download from the Apple App Store for iPad and Google Play store for Android during mid/late December 2013.

About Harkness Screens
Harkness ScreensTM is the world's largest manufacturer of projection screen surfaces, specialising in the design and production of cinema screens and custom screens of virtually any shape and size. Harkness Screens is the world leader in cinema with screens in more cinemas worldwide than any other manufacturer. From single-screen independent theatres to large multiplexes to large format immersive theatre experiences or live events, Harkness supplies thousands of screens every year for cinema, film production, special effects, live events and custom AV applications.
Founded in 1929, Harkness' corporate office is located in Ireland with other offices and factories located in the USA, UK, France, India and China. Harkness Screens combines unrivalled experience with the latest technology and production methods to provide innovative solutions to the company's key markets worldwide. For more information, visit the Harkness Screens web page at www.harkness-screens.com.

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Richard Mitchell
Harkness Screens
Unit A, Norton Road
Stevenage, Hertfordshire SG1 2BB UK
Tel: +44 (0)1438 725200
Email: r.mitchell@harkness-screens.com
Web: www.harkness-screens.com


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