Electric bike and energy-saving fridge some of the futuristic designs on show at UWS exhibition

Date: 24/11/2009

An electric motorcycle, new medical devices for children, and innovative furniture for urban living will be on display at the University of Western Sydney's 'Widevision.16' exhibition, opening today in Pyrmont.

The exhibition showcases the work of final year industrial design students from UWS, and features three-dimensional models, schematics and computer generated images of their final-year projects.

Sustainability is central to this year's exhibition, with a focus on transforming everyday household items such as fridges and compost bins into environmentally conscious cutting edge designs.

The diverse projects include:

* An electric high-performance motorbike.
* A uniquely insulated fridge that reduces energy consumption by as much as 50 per cent.
* Ecological furniture made from rattan, including a modular unit that is both a day bed and chair depending on how it's positioned, and a sun lounger with solar lights inside.
* A series of interactive video games to boost the balance of children with vestibular problems.
* A shade structure for public parks that provides WiFi linked speakers for people to play music from their phones or MP3 players.
* A rapid response vehicle to attend freeway car accidents and deploy witches hats, which has other safety systems to reduce subsequent accidents and help clear crash scenes.

According to Associate Professor Jonathon Allen, from the School of Engineering, "Widevision engenders visionary thinking that looks beyond the now to take into account current and emerging needs."

"Design is a challenging discipline, demanding a broad range of skill sets to combine visionary and critical thinking with technical acumen," he says.

"The projects are more than just a series of designs, they are a reflection of the students' thinking."

Industrial design students at UWS benefit from the program being part of the School of Engineering which provides a solid foundation for developing highly resolved designs.

Widevision is open to the public from 9am to 2pm, Tuesday 24 November, at Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf, Piers 19-21 (upper deck), Pirrama Road, Pyrmont Point.



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