Where creativity and technology merge

Where creativity and technology merge

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In Hand Guides are telling the story of Blarney Castle this month with its most recent smart audio walking-tour.  This guide offers Ireland’s world-famous castle a new and innovative avenue for its millions of visitors to experience and enjoy.

With over 20 voices, the Blarney Castle and Gardens audio guide brings its listeners on a journey through time and throughout this wonderful property. Spanning centuries, listeners are treated to a colourful cast of characters past and present, each giving their own personal story.

Based in Cork City, In Hand Guides recently expanded operations to the US and China, bringing their product to the world’s most famous locations, including Niagara Falls, Manhattan Cruises, Rome and many more. With over 500,000 players sold, In Hand Guides owes its success to a unique approach to storytelling and the technology that enhances this journey.

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Creativity is at the heart of In Hand Guides, with imaginative scriptwriters, producers, linguists, engineers and consultants. The product itself delivers a unique and practical approach to audio guides as envisioned by company founder and director Trevor Winckworth.

Trevor brought his vision of a smart audio player to Cork Institute of Technology’s Nimbus Centre, where a team of engineers and researchers provided the technical expertise to bring this vision to life.

“As a start-up, Nimbus proved to be an invaluable resource as the team advised on available funding mechanisms and facilitated trials to ensure the technology was user-friendly,” says Trevor. “The result is the product we have today which has gone from strength to strength. Here, we have an audio guide that automatically and seamlessly plays audio when visitors reach a certain point in a tour. Nimbus delivered the technology to make me realize this vision.”

If you have an idea, Nimbus can develop it : email nimbus@cit.ie and visit nimbus.cit.ie.

Cork City & Blarney Castle Tour

The launch of In Hand Guides Blarney tour coincides with a new Cork City & Blarney Tour provided by Cronin’s Coach Company. It is the perfect half day tour for visitors to Cork.  From the top of an open top enjoy the highlights of Cork City before travelling through the countryside to one of the top attractions in Ireland.

The tour allows for a 2 hour stop in Blarney to enjoy this picturesque village and plenty of time to explore the magnificent grounds of the Castle.

Be sure to experience Blarney Castle and Grounds as you’ve never experienced before and visit Blarney Castle as In Hand Guides reinvigorate Ireland’s favourite landmark.

Check out In Hand Guides on www.inhandguides.com while you can check out Blarney Castle on www.blarneycastle.ie.  

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