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AeroSee: Designs of the Year 2014

March 24, 2014

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AeroSee finds a new hangar for summer at London’s premiere design exhibition space, the London Design Museum. Paul Egglestone, who leads the Media Innovation Studio at UCLan’s School of Journalism and Media, was joined by Dan Etherington from E-Mig’s to install the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in it’s home on London’s south bank.

Paul Egglestone said: “This is a great space to show AeroSee. When we did the original tests with Patterdale Mountain Rescue back in the summer of 2013 we never imagined the sheer volume of public interest in this.

“We’ve been inundated by requests from members of the public suggesting we use AeroSee to help trace the missing airliner, MH370. All credit to the Design Museum for selecting ideas from people doing research that the public just ‘get’ immediately. Isn’t that what great designers and great researchers should be doing?”

With its four-metre wingspan, AeroSee floats above the main exhibition space at the Design Museum. Beneath its fuselage visitors can interact with video footage shot during the tests in the Lake District displayed on a computer tablet. They can test their abilities as a virtual search agent by using their powers of observation to look for an injured walker in a replication of the original experiment.

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The aeroSee project is a collaboration between UCLan’s Engineering Innovation Centre, the Media Innovation Studio and E-Migs. Darren Ansell, lead for the engineering element of the project, said ‘people really want to participate on search and rescue missions.”

“Even though our original experiment finished months ago, people are still signing up on the site to become virtual search agents. We are building an international community of people who want to support search and rescue professionals and aeroSee enables them to do this without compromising the efforts of teams on the ground.”

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AeroSee is one of 76 concepts selected from around the world for entry in the best designs of 2014: an international competition featuring architecture, medical products, electronic goods and furniture.

The Designs of the Year exhibition and awards offer a chance to review the last 12 months in design. Each year distinguished academics, critics and expert practitioners kick-start the selection process. Throughout the year they see and experience newly conceived or recently launched design. From the huge volume of creative output, they select what they consider to be the very best. The selection of 76 international projects is “diverse, delightful, thought provoking and forward thinking.”

The Designs of the Year exhibition opens to the public on Wednesday 26th March and will run at the Design Museum until September.


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