Vision For the Future
Timeline: 2 years
Client: Millimetre Wave Group at University of St Andrews
Aim: What if you could see through terrorists' clothes to detect hidden weapons? Or look to see how a volcano is changing underneath all the cloud and smoke? Advances in millimetre wave imaging technology allow you to do just that. The aim of the project was to address all these questions in a touring exhibition. All the usual criteria were important like portability, ease of setup and robustness.
What we did: The touring exhibition was developed over quite a long time with a lot of prototyping and the final result was a hugely successful exhibition that is still in use today.All the way through the process we consulted with education professionals - aiming to tie our messages into the curriculum wherever possible. We engaged professional evaluators to speak to our audiences and find out what worked and what didn't.The exhibition includes many elements such as graphic and software design - there are presentations, an IR camera, various imagers and small interactives as well as some working radars and large-scale interactives.Different elements of the exhibition can be used for different purposes and it breaks down into small touring workshops that can be transported using just a normal-sized car.
Testimonial: "I have worked with FifeX on a number of outreach projects to showcase our research to the public for almost ten years now, ranging from table-top interactives for school workshops to full sized exhibition pieces for display at science museums. FifeX have always been there when it mattered, particularly in the few weeks and months after installation when damage by the public has occurred! The staff are committed to getting the job done, both during and beyond the project timescales and I have always been impressed by their dedication to each individual project's success."
Dr David Macfarlane, Research Scientist and Vision for the Future co-ordinator. University of St Andrews
External Link to Project Website: http://www.vision4thefuture.org.uk
External Link to Client's Website: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~mmwave/