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Cineasia (Booth #214), Hong Kong—Dec 10, 2013

Harkness Screens Verifies Volfoni’s New Smartcrystal™ Diamond High Light Efficiency

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 SmartCrystal™ 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 SmartCrystal™ 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 SmartCrystal™ 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 SmartCrystal™ 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 SmartCrystal™ Diamond unit and eyewear between the projected light path and light meter.

“Having seen the SmartCrystal™ 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 SmartCrystal™ 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 SmartCrystal™ 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 Ltd.: Harkness Screens™ is the world's leading screen technology company, specialising in the design and manufacture of projection screens and supporting technologies. 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.  
  
With truly global reach, Harkness is regarded as the world leader in cinema and today has screens in more cinemas worldwide than any other manufacturer. With its industry leading 2D and 3D screen brands (Perlux and Spectral) along with its innovative range of tools and iOS/Android apps, Harkness continues to lead the way in screen technology for cinema.  
  
Founded in 1929, Harkness has manufacturing facilities 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.
Harkness Screens Ltd. Directory page About Volfoni SAS: Volfoni is the largest European 3D equipment group with and the major 3D rental company that helped to kick-start the digital take off in 2007 in France and Europe. It is a global supplier of 3D solutions and the creator of the award winning 3D cinema system, SmartCrystalTM Diamond. Its active 3D glasses EDGE VR have won it the leadership in virtual reality 3D installations. It is also the inventor of the Surface Switching Technology, and the patented compact Triple Beam Technology for Hi-LEF 3D projections.
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