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Artscience students presented their final projects for the 2013-2014 school year, all examining "energy of the future" on May 13, 2014. See what their explorations led to. below.
Thanks to all who joined us at the Artscience Finals Night 2014 and all who supported us through out the school year (for a full list of Perpich design--formerly artscience--supporters, as well as how to lend your own support, check out our supporters page).
A special thanks goes out to our three jurors for 2014, for lending their time and expertise at Finals Night: Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie; Medtronic user-experience designer Daniel Gelfman and Brad Hokanson, University of Minnesota associate dean for research and outreach in the College of Design.
Team Plant’s project is to design a public art installation. It will feature interactive learning through multisensory light and sound elements, powered by solar energy. By interacting with the plants, people will have real-time reactions to reinforce the ideas of plant consciousness and energy. The entire unit will be self powered by the phototrophic solar panels. We will also bring about a focus on the biomimicry of photosynthesis employed in solar panels, and how it would be much cleaner and more effective if we could capture excess energy straight from plants instead. We are happy to receive help from experts in botany, electronics hardware, solar energy and programming. Our objective is to have multiple installations in various places to spread our message.
Team Trill is working on a personal transportation system, spherical in shape, that is powered using magnetic energy. It consists of two spheres, one inside of another, so that the outer sphere spins and the inner sphere stays upright. Imagine yourself riding inside of this ball, suspended upright cruising the countryside. Our Personal Transport System called BDS1.1 brings the idea of spherical transportation to a whole new level. The BDS1.1 is a personal transportation system, which means it will only house one individual at a time. Its spherical design will allow you to maneuver through the city environment with ease. Using magnetic energy, the BDS1.1 will power itself and leave little to no fuel emissions. The BDS1.1 is entirely self sufficient, it generates its own power and then utilizes it to give you an exceptionally pleasing driving experience while saving money that you would otherwise spend at the gas station. With gyroscope technology, the BDS1.1 will allow you to maintain a comfortable position as you cruise about the streets.
Team WiET is addressing the need for wireless energy by creating the WiET system. This system will completely eliminate the wires intended for powering devices. By designing a turbine system that will be installed in homes and corporate buildings, the system will reduce the amount of wasted energy within the plumbing and drainage spouts (such as the toilet flushing, running water, rain gutters). The WiET system is Wireless Energy Transfer, it functions similar to radio waves but instead of transferring sound it transfers energy. We’re trying to make it so buildings can be electrically boosted by the WiET system, and possibly become fully off grid and independent.