SI releases Transformer aspect ratio screen

Screen Innovations has announced that it is now shipping its variable aspect ratio screen first introduced at CEDIA 2015, Transformer.

Offering the ability to display multiple aspect ratios without utilising any masking material, Transformer follows on from the recently launched ‘levitating’ Zero G screen, and took the manufacturer 3 years to develop.

“Masking has been an integral part of projection screens for decades, because they are a simple solution to a problem; not all content has the same aspect ratio,” commented Skyler Meek, director of marketing at Screen Innovations. “But they are unnecessary. Instead of covering the screen with obtrusive draping systems or masking panels, we have created a screen that transforms, seamlessly changing its shape, depending on the type of content the viewer is watching.”

Billed as the “world’s first variable aspect ratio screen,” Transformer incorporates LED ambiance lighting which moves with the frame as it expands.

Transformer is available in custom sizes up to 235-in (7,315 mm) wide, equating to a 254.5-in (6,464mm) diagonal in the ‘ultra-wide’ 2.40:1 aspect ratio. Customers can also choose materials such as Slate (ALR) and Pure, both of which are available in acoustically transparent varieties, allowing speakers to be concealed behind the screen.

The screen ships with pre-programmed default positions of 16:9, 1.85:1, 2.35:1, and 2.40:1 with user-adjustable customisations for any position.

The screen features Somfy Sonesse RS485 quiet motors for discreet performance.

Transformer is available now, priced at US $18,000.

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