GPS Ranger “San Francisco Zoo”

Monday, 31 March 2008

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San Francisco Zoo “is pleased to be the first zoo in America to deliver Zoo Ranger tours.”

“Even if you’ve been to the Zoo before, you’ll now see the Zoo from the eyes of the keepers by renting your own personal Zoo Ranger! Zoo Ranger is a hand-held, GPS-triggered device that takes you on an insider’s tour of the Zoo through audio and video. Choose from various options to see how we care for our wonderful animals and learn more about them. You’ll meet many of our individual animals and be touched by their unique personalities and compelling stories. Go virtually “behind-the-scenes” at 25 of our most popular exhibits to experience keeper and animal interactions, witness behavior training, and enjoy animal enrichment sessions. You can even test your wildlife knowledge with the interactive Zoo Trivia feature!”

San Francisco Zoo – click on the picture to see the interactive demonstrator.

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The Belfast & Titanic Interactive Trail

Sunday, 9 December 2007

The video is promotion for the Belfast and Titanic Interactive trail, which is offered at Belfast. Produced by Awakin Productions based in Northern Ireland. Awakin’s managing director John Bastard was at mscapeFest07 and told me about this project, in which the Node Explorer is part of the multi-media system:

“Belfast City Council and Northern Ireland Tourist Board have launched the world’s first interactive multi-media digital tourism trail – and, appropriately, it is based around the city’s most famous product, ‘Titanic’.

The ‘Belfast Titanic Trail’ uses the latest GPS-based technology, the Node Explorer, to take visitors ‘back to the future’ – leading them on a tour of the city sites associated with the Titanic story, from the grounds of City Hall to Queen’s Island, finishing by presenting them with a vision of how Titanic Quarter will look.

Using a portable, robust media player, which is both user-friendly and ultra-modern, the Node Explorer – being used for the first time in Belfast – uses a combination of the latest computer technology, still images, video footage, dramatic reconstructions, text and audio clips to take users on a fully interactive trip through time – telling the story of the mighty Titanic and the people associated with her.”

http://www.awakin.com/casestudies.htm

About Awakin: “Awakin is a fast growing provider of Tourism, Heritage & Educational mobile digital content. Awakin was established in April 2004, and was previously part funded by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board to develop new, innovative and exciting digital interpretations in order to promote Northern Ireland as a leading tourist destination.”

About John Bustard, Managing Director: “For the past 3 years John has built up Awakins portfolio to include a range of cutting edge products and brought together a team of highly experienced media producers and directors.