Harkness Screens announces research initiatives at CinemaCon

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Harkness Screens has announced a new wave of research and development into screen perforation. Having launched the acclaimed 4K digital perforation pattern at CineAsia 2015—technology that has become the standard perforation pattern on all screens—Harkness is embarking on further development to improve the cinema experience.

“Our 4K digital perforation pattern has proved an enormous success since its launch,” said David Harrison, chief technical officer at Harkness Screens. The current pattern, which significantly reduces moiré fringing, has smaller holes and less open area and was specifically engineered to meet the requirements of today’s cinema exhibitors, explained Harrison, adding that there is significant work still to be done.

Harkness’ imminent research project will involve inputs from audio companies and leading educational establishments, including the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at Southampton University in Great Britain. The next phase of research will focus on further improvements to speech intelligibility, screen resonance and reduction in sound reflecting between screen and speakers.

“We’re focused on applying scientific expertise to our manufacturing to help improve both audio and visual performance,” said Harrison. “By applying complex audio-based algorithms, we believe we’re able to further push the boundaries on sound performance from the current performance with Digital Perforation.”

Continued Harrison, “The aim is to create a pattern which has even less open area through smaller holes than our current pattern, while improving audio transmission particularly in the spoken range. By doing this we believe that we can help exhibitors to further enrich the cinema experience with the next generation of cinema technology.”

Founded in 1929, Harkness has manufacturing facilities in the U.S., U.K., France, India and China. For more information, visit www.harkness-screens.com.