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  • Creating a sensory visitor experience at National Trust

    The National Trust's Dunster Castle in Somerset is notorious for its ghostly goings-on which never fail to spook both visitors and staff. As part of a wider project to bring the Castle to life for new and existing audiences, 20/20 has created an exhibition in the Castle's Crypt that showcases the ghosts as well as the castle's history and resident bats.

    For this project 20/20 co-ordinated all the interpretation elements including design, artwork, copy, illustrations, additional photographic images and audio visual, as well as all carpentry, manufacturing and installation.

    Step inside the Crypt and it appears as any other store room would; full of crates and barrels. But take a closer look and the castle's hidden history, myths and unusual inhabitants start to come alive.

    A spooky atmosphere is created through an audio exhibit documenting real life ghost stories told by the castle's staff and residents, whilst other ghost tales are brought to life by the voice of actor Clive Swift - famous for his role as Richard Bucket in Keeping Up Appearances. Using a black light torch, visitors can also find hidden messages written in UV ink on a collection of photos and sketches, and a shadow theatre enhanced by a selection of props is a fun interactive for children.

    The immersery, audio-visual experience is continued into the bat room. A batcam monitor shows live footage of the bat roosts in the chapel and a virtual bat roost has been created by projecting archive footage from the batcam into an alcove. Bat sounds can be heard via a wind-up audio device, whilst a calendar documents the fascinating year in the life of a bat.

    The kitchen rooms tend to be the most popular at National Trust properties, however visitors are unable to access such rooms at Dunster Castle. To provide a sense of what the kitchen was once like, we created an audio exhibit telling real stories from kitchen staff records down a 'waste pipe' from the kitchen located above the Crypt.

    Despite budget and listed building constraints, the Crypt – an empty, dark room that once confused and disappointed visitors, has been transformed into an truly sensory visitor experience.

  • Review and comparison of Optoma PK301, PK301+ (new) and PK320

    Optoma recently launched the new Optoma PK301+ projector to replace the now end of line Optoma PK301. This new model is very similar to the much higher priced pocket projector from Optoma, the PK320. The new Optoma PK301+ Plus, is not only a fraction of the price of the Optoma PK320 but it has almost all the same benefits.

    New Features Optoma PK301+

    The Optoma PK301+ is based on the original Optoma PK301 but with key differences

    • Brighter – 100 Lumens, widescreen images up to 150” (381cm)
    • Better contrast - for sharper, clearer images
    • Great price

    Features inherited from the Optoma PK301

    • Superior color performance and image quality (vs. LCOS)
    • Compact, stylish, light design allows you to move it anywhere with ease
    • USB file transfer/charging from PC/ Notebook computer
    • Project from a variety of devices – connect via HDMI, VGA and AV inputs
    • Connection to external speakers or headphones
    • Expandable memory up to 32GB to store a wide range of multimedia files
    • Use with Apple devices – Apple iPad®, iPod®, iPhone® and phone compatible
    • Battery life up to 1.5 hrs
    • Lamp life for 20,000 hours
    • Full review and more info click here: Optoma PK301+ spec
    • Product page available here

    Alternatively, if you want improved connectivity and even higher resolution (XGA instead of WVGA) with 100 lumens of brightness you may wish to consider the LumaFire M200 palm sized projector which has a host of in-the-box accessories (also available as a bundle) and

    Why not bundle your new LED projector with an external battery back from Energizer which works with all our LED projectors providing battery powered projection without sacrificing excellent image quality or reducing the number of lumens when on battery power, to give you valuable extra projection time. It can also power your other electronic gadgets at the same time while on the go.


    Optoma PK301+ comparison table

    Model

    PK301

    PK301+

    PK320

    Aspect Ratio

    16:09

    16:09

    16:09

    Lumens

    50

    100

    100

    Resolution

    854 x 480 (WVGA)

    854 x 480 (WVGA)

    854 x 480 (WVGA)

    Contrast Ratio

    2000:1

    3000:1

    3000:1

    Battery Life (Hrs)

    1.5

    1.5

    1.5

    Weight

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    VGA

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Composite

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    USB (upgrade/file transfer)

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Internal Memory

    55MB

    55MB

    1GB

    Card Slot

    MicroSD

    MicroSD

    MicroSD

    Speaker

    0.5W

    0.5W

    1.0W

    Audio Out

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Native Office Viewer

    Using Arcsoft

    PowerPoint only

    Using Arcsoft

    PowerPoint only

    Native

    PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Adobe

    OSD support

    GB, FR, ES, DE, PT, TR

    GB, FR, ES, DE, PT, TR

    GB, FR, ES, PT, DE, IT,

    RU, PL, DK, SE, GR

     

  • The Top LED portable/pocket projectors for business or personal use are....

    This article is now out of date, for the updated version please follow the link to our review of the best performing portable projectors for 2017.

     

    If you’re looking for the best LED portable projector to fit your specific requirements, there are a whole host of factors to take into consideration ranging from resolution, birghtness (lumens) and features such as DLP (contrast enhancements) and features such as connectivity to ipads, HDMI and the ability to connect without a laptop.

    We've broken down the list of projectors into 2 categories: Business Use and Consumer Use and the business use ones considerably overalap with consumer use and most are also good for gaming purpososes with connectivity via HDMI, VGA or AV.

    Top for Personal use:

    Vivitek Qumi Q2

    Our smallest, lightest and brightest hybrid between pocket & palm projector is the best projector we have seen to date on the market with 300 lumens, WXGA resolution and a 90” image means it can handle anything you want to display in rich colour with DLP. Its the one to beat across all categories.

    Lumafire M200

    One of the newer models popular with busines users in the recession is the LumaFire M200 palm projector which offers excellent value for money. It is feature packed with a remote & tripod, offers 100 lumens of brightness has HDMI/USB/SD compatibility and yet remains remarkably small & light and extensive connectivity.

    3M MP180

    3M offer a robust gadget for those concerned with features. 4GB of onboard memory, a cool touch screen with Microsoft office, 2 hour battery, WiFi & Bluetooth. The ‘office’ compatibility and battery power make this a perfect choice for the business user on the go.

    Adapt 305/ iGo UP2020

    These 2 pocket projectors offer great value for money and connectivity all in one with a good image quality. The Adapt 305 comes with everything you need to go and play right out of the box. i.e. Free Apple cable, 4GB memory, tripod & remote. The iGo is smaller albeit not quite as bright but it includes multiple connection options including HDMI and also offers higher contrast via DLP playback for richer colour, It also won an award at this years Consumer Electronics Show (CES) for design. In fact, the igo UP2020 is a hot-buy for Xmas 2011!

    Microvision SHOWWX/SHOWWX+

    Welcome to the world's first 'infinite focus' laser pocket projector; it's smaller and lighter than an iPhone with a mammoth 5000:1 contrast ratio that beats all others in its class. Included in the package is a set of Apple cables to connect to your iPhone4/iPad2 meaning you can connect to any device with a Composite TV/Video-Out to create a rich screen up to 100". There is also a VGA dock accessory for this device to connect to a laptop. Great for gaming.

    Top for professional use:

    Casio (Pro-portable range)

    The Casio range of projectors offer the best equivalent image of a tradional projector in a form that will easily fit into a laptop carry case. If you’re looking for something that will offer a more professional output with quality build then a Casio XJA projector is ideal. High brightness ratings starting at 2000 lumens, combined with high contrast ratios mean that you can present in most lighting conditions. It also offer streaming capabilities from your laptop.

    Vivitek Qumi Q2

    Our smallest, Lightest & Brightest hybrid between pocket & palm will offer you the professional output you need whilst still fitting into your overcoat pocket. WXGA resolution, a 90” screen with DLP technology will promote your presentations in rich detail and can handle video demonstrations too. 300 lumens of brightness mean that you are able to project in normal lighting conditions and maintain portability. It has a powerpoint, excel, word and pdf viewer built in too so you can leave your laptop at home and just travel with the projector.

    Lumafire M200

    See above.
    Lumafire offer a hybrid all rounder perfect for business, personal use and travel and great value for money.

    3M MP180

    See above.
    2 hour battery life at full brightness & and 80” screen mean that you can display presentations on the go.

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