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Vivitek brings powerful projection to Iceland’s Lava Centre

The recently opened Lava Centre in Iceland has selected 15 Vivitek projectors to bring to life the powerful effects of volcanoes and earthquakes.

Dedicated to the study, exploration and appreciation of both volcanoes and earthquakes, the Lava Centre is expected to welcome up to 200,000 visitors per year, who can enjoy its array of interactive experiences that replicate the epic forces that shaped the planet.

The aim of the Lava Centre is to offer an interactive, educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. This meant that high performance projectors were required, models that could be relied on to create an unforgettable and realistic guest experience, while providing reliability, durability and ease of use.

With this in mind, 15 Vivitek laser light source projectors were purchased comprising 10 DU8090Zs, three DU8190Zs and two 4K DK8500Zs. The DU8090Z features a WUXGA resolution, an 8,000 ANSI lumens brightness and 10,000:1 contrast ratio. The DU8190Z includes a WUXGA resolution, a 10,000 ANSI lumens brightness and 10,000:1 contrast ratio. The DK8500Z offers 4K/UHD resolution with full 8.3 million pixels for large venue applications. It is designed for easy installation with motorised interchangeable lens options and 360° set up flexibility.

In use seven days a week, the projectors are located throughout the Lava Centre, and play a key role in some of the centre’s more interactive elements. For example, the timeline of Iceland’s creation is peppered with sensors that monitor how the visitor is interacting with the display, and can even trigger a simulated earthquake. Sensor movement determines what images the Vivitek projector displays.

“The projectors are integral to the whole experience,” explained Jakob Kristinsson, chief technology officer, Feris ehf, the system integrator appointed by the Lava Centre. Given Lava Centre’s projector requirements ­ lens flexibility, durability and reliability – and the solutions available on the market, Kristinsson was convinced that Vivitek’s offerings met its requirements. “Lava Centre wanted laser projectors with a wide range of lenses, as it would be projecting over quite large distances,” Kristinsson added.