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Project Name: Headphones
Student: Mike Harwood
The idea for this project was developed from the current lack of headphones in the market built for durability and quality. Most of the current manufacturers focus on either aesthetics or sound quality but rarely put much consideration into how the materials chosen can effect the lifespan of their products. This project set out to develop a concept which would be aesthetically pleasing, whilst reinforcing the consumer's perception of quality and durability through the novel use of colour, materials and finishes.
Project Name: The Apis Hive
Student: Andrew Mullan
The Apis Hive, is a flat pack beehive designed for hobbyist beekeepers aged from 16-50, ideally living in an urban environment. It provides an extremely habitable environment for honeybees to live (over 40,000 cells) and also aids the user in increasing honeybee numbers. With most of the product being manufactured out of recycled PET, the product is sustaining in more than one way. With human centred design at the heart of this product, making it as easy as possible for the user to operate.
Project Name: Core Stability Office Chair
Student: Reece Saunders
A problem of sedentary working life and work related back pain; which is the second most common cause of long term sickness in the UK was identified and a design journey was embarked to find a solution to this problem. Different methods were explored to help identify and design a product that would tackle this problem. Using CAD media, a product was designed that incorporates the use of repelling magnets to create the instability the chair required in order to exercise and strengthen the users core muscles in order to help maintain good posture to reduce or prevent back pain.
Project Name: AmbiGen: a generative music program for use in gallery exhibitions
Student: Andrew McKay
AmbiGen is a generative music system that produces ambient music to accompany gallery exhibitions. AmbiGen makes use of probability theory and stochastic processes in its music generation. This project involved the research, design, implementation and testing of AmbiGen; using mood as an evaluative factor for its musical output.
Project Name: Hedge Cutter Support Harness
Student: William Buxton
The project is based upon the problem relating to injuries caused by the use of hedge cutting tools, and how it causes strain and stress on vulnerable areas of the body; including arms, back and shoulders. After discussions with gardeners about the problem, a thesis of design could then be made, a number of concepts and test experiments on the humanistic challenge has allowed a final design concept to be achieved. The final design is based upon certain areas of the body that receive predominant strain from lifting hedge cutters. The use of memory foam combined with aluminium and ABS has enabled a solution that not only has great comfort ergonomically, but also has the toughness and strength to hold the weight of a 3-5kg tool.
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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