Mārtiņš Ēlerts – Thermal Imaging Helmet (live project)

Halo Thermal Imaging are a  manufacturer who develop and manufacture highly specialist Thermal Imaging Solutions, selling their products internationally for fire fighting, search and rescue and surveillance operations. Their helmets are also used by F1 teams, NASA and on cruise ships.

Their products were selling well but the SoloTI and Solo helmets had not been refreshed cosmetically for a considerable length of time. They were concerned that competitor products , whilst having less functionality, did look more “cool”.

The company (Halo) is an SME and, although they are a highly specialised manufacturer they have no existing “in house” designers or specialist facilities/equipment to support design activity.

Brief:  Cosmetic update of the Solo Fire Helmet
-The project involved:
– Concept Sketch Development
– CAD Visualisation
– Concept “Soft” Models

Design Strategy:
– Reduce unit production cost
– Increase unit value and price
– Improve manufacturing ease
– Cost effective “tailored” product variants
– Recognises variations in International Markets
-Functional improvements
-Potential for price premiums and added value

The new “face lifted” product concept designed by Mārtiņš exceeded their expectations with product variants to expand markets  – Euro, Peak, Mohawk

 

The live project stimulated discussion on business development and how their technology might be applied to alternative uses and markets. The project also identified things that they had not considered such a new business/market opportunities, cost savings and value added.

Patrick Creedy – Hillhaulr.

The HILLHAULR is a multi-purpose hiking trailer and convertible shelter for wild camping and long-distance hikes.

 

Combining airless tyre technology, motor assist and built-in damping, the HILLHAULR provides comfort and utility in the toughest conditions.

Elektra – Ben Muir

Manual coffee preparation is still and always will be the best and most accurate way to brew fresh coffee. Despite it not being as quick and convenient as general coffee machines, Elektra makes you appreciate what truly goes into a cup of coffee, something modern day coffee makers are losing.

Elektra combines modern materials and design to completely capture every element of home brewing and by doing this, makes it a very attractive piece of design, By pushing the spectrum between convenience and overall experience the Electra coffee machine has truly found a balance, which no other product has truly achieved, making very desirable.

Overall, Elektra is a concept which is always striving to achieve more for the user and give them the brewing experience that will ignite all the senses and ultimately provide a home brewing experience the user will never forget.

Atom Orbit – Billy McFaull

An aesthetically pleasing record storage unit that is a centrepiece for any living space

Orbit bridges the gap between analogue and digital by having features such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technology.

Uses advanced technology to detects song through analysing sound against a music database. This can then produce information on artists, albums, and lyrics

Offers high quality audio with top of the range speakers with built-in pre amp.

Protective vinyl storage which can hold up to 100 records

Available in a range of colours with a colour palette inspired by original 1950’s products.

 

‘Balena’ Luxury Submarine – Jonathan Pearson

Explore coral reefs, ship wrecks, subsea formations and many areas of interest. The Balena presents comfortable viewing without the need or limitations of diving.

The deck allows the Balena to be used in the same way as an existing yacht when surfaced. The lower deck just below water level provides safe and comfortable access to the sea.

Travel unhindered by weather. In the case of a storm submerge below the effects on the surface and continue your journey smoothly and unaffected. Hydrogen fuel cells help lower environmental impact whilst increasing range and endurance. Twin jets produce a total power output of 1400bhp.

Jonathan Pearson now works as a Product Designer for i4 Product Design a Scottish based product development company located in Edinburgh. Check out their website at: www.i4pd.co.uk