Glotch this Space!

Our winning IET Faraday team took part in a finalists’ competition at the newly refurbished Institute of Engineering and Technology overlooking the Thames and embankment in central London. Previously they ranked 7th in a national competition of technology challenges. The team comprised Michael , Sebastian , Layla , Bradley, Chloe  and Thomas and was accompanied by Mr Benham and Mr Steadman.

Each team were challenged to produce a presentation and a concept product to representatives of the Jack Petchey Foundation and Land Rover BAR. Land Rover BAR, for which the acronym BAR refers to Ben Ainsley Racing, is a British team competing in a high tech competition to win back the America’s Cup sailing competition, in the nautical world’s equivalent of the FIFA World Cup.

The competition looked for products, developed using a programmed Micro bit, that would assist with improving Human Performance, Boat Performance or Environmental Standards.  Our team put forward a combination or a glove and watch for which the term Glotch was coined. The synergy of glove and watch would enable the crew members to have their heart rate monitored along with the temperature of their hands throughout the competition and training programme. The use of thermo chromic ink together with a thermistor would enable the crew to avoid hypothermia from cold water with both visual and auditory warning. The use of the on-chip magnetometer would also enable each member of the crew to be provided with a personalised compass on their wrist that would facilitate guiding their craft on their journey.

Our team demonstrated considerable flair and confidence with their Dragon’s-Den-style presentation and with the originality of their ideas. Several items from their presentation stand were taken by the judges for further discussion as points of particular interest, but in the final round we were narrowly beaten in the innovation awards section.

The day concluded with a tour of the facilities and exhibitions. This included using the highly inspirational staircases adorned with images and a brief synopsis of famous scientists, technologists and engineers from past and present. The clever use of mirrors in similar picture frames was used to catch a glimpse of yourself as if you had already made a similar contribution to society.  State of the art lecture theatres provided a fascinating contrast of modern sound systems, projectors, interactive facilities and luxurious seating set amidst a traditional background of celebrated scientists’ portraits, wooden panelling and wood-cuts. In addition to a display of the 100 most influential developments to modern life, the tour concluded on a magnificent roof terrace with extraordinary views of many of central London’s most highly regarded landmarks.