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Audio Guide Hardware

Posted on March 8th, by admin in Digital Interpretation, Tales and musings. Comments Off on Audio Guide Hardware

An easy to use Audio Tour Guide solution that provides personal, interactive audio (and video) interpretation for visitors.

In addition to sporting a traditional keypad the audio content can also be triggered by three different types of proximity tags that are placed around a museum, gallery, tourist attraction, heritage site etc. Audio can be synchronised with video and the audio tour guide has a unique anti-theft alarm function.

Features:

● Keypad function (with play, pause, fast forward, fast rewind)
● Built in speaker, 3.5mm stereo earphone output
● Supports MP3 audio files
● 99 different languages available, 4096 audio files supported by each language.
● Object name display
● High capacity lithium-ion battery, continuous operating time is more than 12 hours.
● Maximum volume output can be locked
● Audio can be triggered by passive tag (within 0~5cm), infrared ray within (0~10m) and/or RFID signal (0~100m)
● The last three points triggered can be selected and replayed
● Play restrict and play times statistics functions
● Auto playing background music when trigger playing ended
● With vibrate and buzzer prompt function
● Anti-theft alarm function
● Video SYNC function, visitors will hear the synchronous audio when video is playing (our custom HDMI media player is required)

Charge/sync units are available (from a double slot charger to banks of 12).

Contact us for further details.



Hanging geology out on a washing line

Posted on January 30th, by admin in Tales and musings. Comments Off on Hanging geology out on a washing line

How do you convey a sense of geologic time to the public? One option is to focus on the major events in the evolution our planet and its residents, and hang them on a washing line.

Most nonscientists are familiar with at least some of the major evolutionary events of our plant’s history. Virtually everyone knows about dinosaurs and that they lived a long time ago. But when did they live relative to the history of this planet?

Why not deploy a length of washing line, on which every inch (25.4mm) represents 20 million years and attached paper markers for all the significant events.

The origins of earth

Your washing line will need to be 18 feet, 11.5 inches (577.9cm) long. The first mark to be encountered on the rope denotes the origin of the earth; the oldest known rocks on the planet, from northwestern … Read More »



MK Trails: Wolverton app – Milton Keynes

Posted on December 13th, by admin in Case Study, Heritage apps, oral history, Tales and musings. Comments Off on MK Trails: Wolverton app – Milton Keynes

How do you learn about the world’s first railway town that has now been absorbed by the 1960s new town of Milton Keynes? Why, download the MK Trails app of course!

“Imagine a geometric pattern of raw, red brick, made up of long straight streets of terraced houses criss-crossing each other…the whole plumped down in the middle of gently undulating green fields and cornlands…and you have a rough bird’s eye view of my home town, Wolverton”

Greta Barker, Buckinghamshire Born

A town of modest red brick terraces, Wolverton is nevertheless unique as the world’s first ‘railway town’. It was built by the London and Birmingham Railway Company in the 1830s to house its workshops and workers.

Welcome To…Milton Keynes

Working with Milton Keynes Living Archive and Wolverton and Greenleys Town Council, Audio Trails have developed a smartphone app based upon their Welcome To…Native app software. The MK Trails: Wolverton app guides visitors and locals around some … Read More »



Softwood Interpretation Panels

Posted on December 1st, by admin in Case Study, panels, Tales and musings. Comments Off on Softwood Interpretation Panels

Low cost softwood interpretation panels from Audio Trails.

Derbyshire-based Junction Arts needed two low-cost interpretation panels for a community arts project in Brimington, near Chesterfield. None of the usual suppliers were able to supply anything within budget, but Audio Trails came to the rescue!

The two A2 softwood panels have fit snuggly into their new home. Printing, frame construction and install came in comfortably under the £1000 budget.

Testimonials

“I am very impressed with the finished product.  2 weeks from quote to install is amazing.  A councillor’s nightmare is that something will not be done in the time that you have told your constituents it will be done. In your case you were a week earlier which took the pressure off me. Well done.

I will most certainly recommend you to my colleagues and anyone else I come across.”

Tricia Gilby, County Councillor for Brimington, Hollingwood and … Read More »



Highland Folk Museum GPS audio trail app

Posted on December 1st, by admin in Audio Trails, Case Study, Heritage apps, Mapping, Tales and musings. Comments Off on Highland Folk Museum GPS audio trail app

The Highland Folk Museum, Britain’s first open air museum, has many fascinating stories to tell.
As visitors explore the 30 buildings they get a flavour of how Highland people lived and worked from the 1700s up until the 1960s.

Now visitors can also join Alan Crawford and listen to his story ‘In the Land of the Glittering Wood Moss’ and go on a magical journey into the past to discover why Scottish ancient woodland is so special.

Each chapter of the story is played automatically to visitors mobile devices as they move through the 1 mile site.
How is it done?

The story is delivered using Audio Trails’ GPS Tour Guide app software for iOS and Android, which focusses purely on the delivery of audio. Accordingly, visitors don’t even need to take their device out of their pocket or bag to use it!

With no screen distractions, visitors can breathe in the … Read More »





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