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Project Name: Stand Up Paddleboard Transportation
Student: George Bowles
This project looks at the problem of transporting boards for the fast growing sport of SUP boarding. The product features a set of wheels, which can be attached to the board to help move it to the water’s edge with ease. Once there the product folds up and can be locked up or taken out on the water. With the user simply holding the front of the board with their spare hand, 60% of the weight is transferred to the wheels at the rear allowing for easy transportation. The product features a unique clamp and ratchet binding allowing for quick and secure attachment to a wide range of boards. 240mm puncture proof wheels give good performance over various terrain, and compact design keep any performance loss to the board at a minimum. Careful material selection and no loose parts create a user friendly and long lasting product solution.
Project Name: Portable Music Pavilion
Student: Rachel Wilkinson
The Portable Music Pavilion provides a welcoming environment for music lovers of all genres. The driving force behind this design was to look into what makes an atmosphere welcoming and to design a portable structure that captures this essence. The Portable Music Pavilion would be suitable for a variety of pop-up events such as performances within large parks, as well as commercial music festivals.
Project Name: Virtual Strings: An iOS Application
Student: Saurav Thapa
The goal of the project is to develop an ios application that will allow a user to virtually play and learn music; i.e. without using a real instrument. This project will develop an ios application for Apple iphone that will allow a user to generate music by utilising touch sensor and gestures technologies that are built within Apple mobile devices. The development process will cover learning and implementation of multi-touch gestures and motion events technologies and how they can be utilised as a medium to control sound generation.
Project Name: Investigation into alternative controller approaches for synthesiser sound design
Student: Andrew Marsh
Software synthesisers are often controlled using a keyboard and mouse - devices designed for office work. This project looks at alternative controllers for sound design with software synthesisers, specifically Microsoft’s Xbox 360 controller and Nintendo’s Wii Remote, and evaluates what characteristics they have which are beneficial for a sound design interface, such as simultaneously usable digital and analogue inputs or motion sensors. It is additionally hypothesised that as these controllers are widely known, the difficulty in learning to use them for sound design will be reduced, and that the Wii Remote will be a more expressive controller due to its diverse range of possible gestures. Using a custom-made Max patch, these controllers were tested alongside a conventional mouse interface by a group of people with varying experience in sound design, in order to identify positive and negative aspects of each control scheme. While no single controller was conclusively the best, aspects such as the analogue sticks of the Xbox 360 controller and the motion sensors of the Wii Remote were well received, and these were identified as areas for future development.
Project Name: Application researching engagement in KS1 learning materials on a Tablet device compared to traditional paper based resources.
Student: Sam Miller
An application was developed to assist children in the learning of Key Stage 1 Science materials. Research was conducted in the psychology of learning and game design. To discover how to keep a child engaged in the application and learning resources, ensuring the best possible environment for practising said resources. The study aimed to find differences in engagement and learning when using a specially designed application for tablet devices, compared to traditional paper based learning resources.
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Recap - FoDI 2013
Every year, the festival showcases the designs, models and prototypes created by our students as their final year project.View Gallery