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Project Name: Chameleon Light
Student: Jack Gunns
An ambient lighting product that is designed to interact with the environment and users, through changing form and light; utilising colour, space and visual aesthetics. With inspiration taken from research into changes in nature as well as bioluminescence light. To bring the room inwards making it more intimate, primal and sociable. Incorporating both social mood and visual metamorphosis in nature into a lighting product; which then changes subtly via human interaction.
Project Name: Airport Privacy Pod
Student: Oliver Treacy
The project considers the requirements of modern air travel passengers at airports as they travel. Understanding the airline industry and how passengers use airports were key to the design development process. Thorough research suggests that passengers are often overlooked by airports and airlines; a personal and flexible environment is more preferable as it allows the passengers to use this space in whichever way they see fit. This design offers a solution to the problem that all air travel passengers are familiar with - flight delays, long waiting times and transfers - and aims to make this a more pleasurable experience.
Project Name: Portable Grabber
Student: Greg Clark
The portable grabber is a compactable reaching/grabbing device designed to aid people in day to day life after hip replacement surgery. There are over 70,000 hip replacements per annum in the UK. The demographic with the highest hip replacement rate is those aged 60-80. An important rehabilitation precaution after the operation is what surgeons refer to as “the rule of 90”. This relates to preventing the angle between the thigh and torso from becoming less than ninety degrees in order to avoid dislocation. Through primary and secondary research it was found that despite existing products functioning to a satisfactory standard, they do not fulfil the user’s need of being truly portable. This leads to patients leaving the aid at home when they are on the go which subsequently puts them at risk. The portable grabber is primarily designed for people aged 60-80 post hip replacement surgery. It addresses the issues of transportability whilst still maintaining its core function of extending the users reach. The product is lightweight, ergonomically comfortable, easy to operate and satisfies the user’s aesthetic requirements.
Project Name: Wash Pal
Student: Tom Haslam
Wash Pal is a simple baby bath solution. Babies need regular washing and bathing and this can be relatively easy using one of the many small baby-baths on the market. However, a problem may occur when the infant out-grows that baby bath. A significant proportion of households in the UK have no actual bath in their bathroom and there may be instances (such as on holiday) when there is just no bath available for those that do. Compact and portable, Wash Pal helps parents wash their young child or infant in the absence of other washing facilities.
Project Name: An Investigation into Harnessing Human Fitness in Order to Produce Energy
Student: Robert Lord
The “PowR Band” is a wearable, sports tracking device which incorporates a sustainable approach to utilising wasted energy from fitness. This product has been developed with the aim of connecting consumer behaviour with energy saving and healthy living, as well as adopting key market trends of smart technology and flexibility. As the user engages in exercise, the wrist-worn device captures the wasted bi-product of heat and converts it into electricity, which it then stores to allow the band to perpetually monitor the user’s performance and charge a paired smartphone.
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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