Tuesday 15 October 2013

The public will be able to have a go at everything from Morse code and an Atari computer to special effects and the Raspberry Pi at a special technology event organised by the University of Salford for Manchester Science Festival

On the weekend of 19 and 20 October, the University will be showcasing its high-tech facilities and collections of equipment old and new, providing families with a rare opportunity to get to grips with technology. The event is a trailblazer for Manchester Science Festival (24 October – 3 November) and the Festival is run in partnership with Siemens.

The free event contains three separate exhibitions - retro computing, telecoms and television – all supervised and demonstrated by lecturers and technicians.

At the retro computing event, visitors will be able to use vintage computing equipment made by Sinclair, Commodore, Acorn and Apple and play games and run software on them.  They’ll also be able to see the latest developments in home computing, with models such as the Raspberry Pi on show and a demonstration of how to create Android apps and have them uploaded to the Google Play Store.

Meanwhile, Semaphore to Smartphone will be a hands-on exhibition with communications devices through the ages, featuring semaphore flags, the brick mobile phones of the 1980s and 4G technology – all of which are free for visitors to try out. The latest 4G handsets are being provided by EE and visitors can meet EE’s Principal Network Architect who will be explaining how your modern smartphone actually works.

The MediaCityUK building of the University is home to advanced TV studios and production suites and these will be made available to the public in the third section of the showcase.  Special effects, super high definition TV and a history of TV technology will all feature. There will also be a chance to experience the latest in ultra-high definition TV (4 x better than current HD) – provided by blackmagic design – and see the latest developments from the BBC iPlayer and red button.

Professor Nigel Linge from the School of Computing, Science & Engineering said: “This is a great chance to get involved with our multi-million pound facilities and get access to some pretty rare equipment.”

“We’ve placed a real emphasis on family fun for this event and it promises to be very popular.”

Sat 19 Oct 2013 10am - 4pm
Sun 20 Oct 2013 10am - 4pm

University of Salford at MediaCityUK, M50 2HE

Free and no need to book.

To see all of the University’s events at Manchester Science Festival, go to: http://www.salford.ac.uk/news/manchester-science-festival-2015

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