With the help of the British High Commission, Electric Pedals and Optoma, LWT is now the proud owner of a pedal-powered cinema kit.
The custom-made equipment developed by Electric Pedals uses human energy to generate the electricity needed to project a film.
The backpack cinema kit consists of a portable pedal generator and the ‘OWL’ - a specially designed cinema system all contained in one small box. On top of the OWL sits Optoma’s ultra portable LED projector, ML750e.
LED projectors use less energy than traditional lamp-based models and the perceived brightness from LED projectors can be twice that of an equivalent lamp-based model.
Weighing just 18kg, the entire kit, including projector, fits into a rucksack. It can be easily carried across rivers and through dense undergrowth to be set up on site in minutes.
Powered by constant but relaxed cycling, communities simply attach a USB drive and show music, pictures or full length films through the projector for the whole community to enjoy. It uses ultra capacitor technology rather than batteries, making the system 100% pedal-powered, rather than relying on lithium batteries which would deteriorate over time.
The ML750e HD Ready LED projector was perfect for the backpack cinema kit as it weighs just 380g. It has a media player, native office viewer, built-in speaker and HDMI connectivity. Projection without a laptop is straightforward using its on-board memory, a microSD card slot or its USB connection.
Colin Tonks, inventor of Electric Pedals, said: “I have to say that I love the projector. It's superb and far superior to other brands that we tried. The build quality is great, it has a smaller chassis and is 100% brighter for the same energy consumption than others. It also auto starts and you can set it to connect automatically to the HDMI. Perfect for what we needed.
“We are proud to say that all of our unique equipment is custom-built by our small team of inventors in South London.”