A table-top interactive for the MRC
Timeline: 1 month
Client: Medical Research Council
Aim: An interactive was required for the edinburgh science festival - we were on a very short timescale - less than a month. The activity should be a model ear with areas where people could put their hands in to pull out wax. The model was to look realistic. Finally it should have a small screen to incorporate some software being developed at Glasgow University.
What we did: There wasn't a lot of time on the project at all. Parts were purchased and prototyped at the same time.FifeX makes regular use of its 3D printer and this was no exception, all the small intricate parts were prototyped and printed several times to ensure they fitted perfectly.FifeX took care of all the graphics on this project to ensure that it moved quickly. Everything fitted together nicely and we even made 3D prints of cochlear implants to go on the front of the unit.The software developed by Glasgow University is fantastic and allows people to hear their own voice in the way that someone with various hearing problems might experience it - this type of interactive is hugely interesting to people and most of its users will know someone who has a hearing problem of some kind so its message is usually quite close to home for people.The unit was a huge success at the festival and we hope it will have a good life beyond. It is portable and requires very little power so there's no reason it can't have a good life yet!
Testimonial: "FifeX did a brilliant job to deliver an interactive 'Playing with Sound' game for use at science festivals and other public events. They devised a design solution to meet our budget and built the kit on a demandingly tight timescale. The team are fantastic and I strongly recommend them."
Hazel Lambert, Medical Research Council Communications Manager
External Link to Client's Website: http://www.mrc.ac.uk/