Conventional production techniques have long since been outdated and inefficient, the adoption of new technologies such as Autonomous Robotic Vehicles (ARVs) are increasingly being used in today’s factories to drive productivity and lower costs. ARV technologies are being introduced into factory environments to transport materials from point to point, enabling production to become more efficient, productive, and allowing a more effective use of labour. In order to evaluate the feasibility of ARV technologies for the transportation of materials within factories, a payload structure was designed and developed to transport materials from point to point. This innovative integration of technology allows end users to improve inefficient processes, and conform to industry 4.0 standards.
This research was sponsored by a global food and drinks company, to assess the feasibility of ARV technologies for the transportation of materials within factories.
Grip is one of the most important senses in the human body. It allows us to interact with objects both delicate and fragile, as well as to manipulate complex forms without dropping them. For those either born without an upper limb, or those who have lost limbs due to trauma, difficulties in daily life are many and can cause great stress when interacting with objects in public.
A device which would allow a prosthetic user to add grip sensing functionality back to their existing limb and allow the user to once again perform daily tasks with ease which would otherwise be impossible, for example picking up an egg without cracking it. Many users choose to do without a prosthetic limb, due to functional problems.
The aim of this project is to create an affordable and intuitive product, that can be attached to an existing prosthetic device, enabling the prosthetic user to sense pressure applied to the digits of their existing prosthetic device.
CARUS Tackle Pad
The Icarus tackle pad is designed to reduce training injuries within youth rugby whilst maintaining ease of use.
With its modular design the pad is easy to store and transport whilst providing the possibility of personalisation and simple repairs.
The product is pulled by another player with a detachable harness, moving the pad and training the tackler to adjust their tackling position whilst focussing on their form, with the aim of preventing contact injuries within these sessions.
The tackle pad is targeted towards grass-roots level clubs and so is affordable and robust to endure the day to day usage that it would be subject to.
The pad can be used as a dummy, obstacle or target as well as a tackle pad. This further expands its usage and prolongs product life, saving the club money.
This project looked at designing a camera end effector and light source for a UR10 robot, a 6-axis articulated robot arm, to aid with operating room setup. The research looked at current camera and lighting technology available which could then be amalgamated into one combined device. Paediatric neurosurgeon, Professor Mike Vloeberghs, gave an insight into the medical equipment currently used and the problems associated with them.
Key features of the design include a YouRing attachment, which when activated allow the operator to freely move the device. The LED ring can be programmed with different colours which allow operating staff to be aware of the different motion states that the arm is in. Inputs into the controller interface adjust the brightness of the LEDs over the operating area and zoom capabilities of the video camera. The footage from the camera is relayed onto a display screen for all surgical staff to see in the Operating Theatre.
Menstrual Blood Donation
In 2004, mesenchymal cells (similar to the stem cells found in bone marrow, umbilical cord blood, and peripheral blood) were found in menstrual blood (period blood). This being a waste blood routinely thrown away by up to 24,000,000 women in the UK, there is huge potential for its utilisation in cell therapy. These cells have been found to treat liver injury, Huntington’s disease, and some cancers in animal models, and four people with multiple sclerosis recieved successful transfusions of these cells.
Would you donate your period blood? Or would you recieve treatment for arthritis, stroke, or tissue damage knowing its source was menstrual blood?
This research looks at the attitudes to period blood, with primary research exploring menstrual experiences, societal taboo and female empowerment.