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Project Name: Pack n' Play Juvenile Arthritis Friendly Backpack
Student: Nathan Conrad
The Pack n’ Play Backpack is designed for children who suffer from Juvenile Arthritis, a condition that affects 12,000 children in the UK and 294,000 children in the US. Juvenile Arthritis can cause pain and stiffness in several joints, which can lead to loss of motion, and eventually fatigue. These symptoms can make every day life challenging, and increase the possibility of seclusion, since there are misconceptions that arthritis only affects the elderly. The Pack n’ Play Backpack relieves these symptoms to allow the child to have a healthy education and social life.
Project Name: Dungeon & Master
Student: Dave Springer
This project shows how assisted procedural content generation(PCG) can be used in a game to create an asymmetric play experience. This involved researching the areas of PCG and personalisation, as well as developing a demo in XNA to show the application of this concept.
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: Bugle: Bournemouth University Group Learning Environment
Student: Kimberley Rawson
Bugle demonstrates a design solution for a group learning environment specifically for the Student Centre at Bournemouth University. This environment has been designed and detailed to provide a space at university where students are able to work collaboratively in groups of 8 people. An exploration of the term ‘learning’ was executed as a central thread to concept generation and development; in order to create a space that was an iconic feature of the learning experience at BU.
Project Name: Community Nurse Aid
Student: Matt Houghton
The Community Nurse Aid (CNA) offers a means for community nurses to transport heavy, bulky or numerous supplies needed for a number of visits, both in and around the hospital, as well as at a patient's home. The CNA is designed to reduce the chance of injury to a nurse, from being light in weight, to avoiding awkward joint positions when in use or being carried. The CNA is designed to aesthetically fit in with the style and brand of successful and current medical products on the market.
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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