The original Bloodhound SSC vs Bullet film has today received its ONE MILLIONTH view on Youtube – not to count the people who copy and paste it on their own channel to boost their own self esteem. Buy a Ferrari. Or compensate some other way….
We recently had two animations aired at the Royal Society’s Summer Exhibition. The Royal Society is the national academy of science of the UK, and this event allowed the general public to meet the minds behind some of the UK’s most exciting scientific advances. We produced two videos for the University of Cambridge‘s Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, showcasing their development work on producing green electricity directly from algae. One of only 31 teams selected to present their research. Very clever science!
Part 1: Electricity from Algae
Part 2: Scaling-up Electricity Generation from Algae
Links for more information on the science:
Ok, so Youtube has a pretty nifty stereoscopic 3D encoding option, where you can upload left-eye and right-eye videos, and users can choose their viewing mode (e.g. red/cyan, amber/blue, etc.). We thought it would be fun to see how it coped with Bloodhound SSC in 3D. Pretty well as it turns out. It looks even more cool in 3D.
You’ll probably need to click on the video until a Youtube window pops up, as you can only get the 3D controls on the Youtube page (not the embedded applet). If you have any problems, go to Equinox Graphics’ Youtube channel and it should definately work from there. We recommend using red/cyan glasses with the Dubois optimised colour, at least until Youtube adds support for shutter glasses!
Hmm…. wonder if there might be some 3D Bloodhound in the pipeline then…..? 😉
We’ve just completed a rush project for the IMechE to illustrate how a second generation nuclear reactor works. It’s a pressurised water reactor (PWR). Not bad, considering the brief was “Show how a second generation nuclear reactor works, aimed at a Guardian reader”.
Read the IMechE’s guide to Nuclear Power here.
We produced a series of short animations illustrating the applicability of space and satellite technology to everyday life, showing the abundance of space-related industry and academia in the UK, and a method of control for trains to improve their service – by using variable stantions (i.e. the space between the trains is controlled, but can vary, rather than using fixed geographical sections of the track). Also improves fuel efficiency, as drivers tend to treat the accelerator like a digital device – on or off!
The Bloodhound SSC team came back to us for a bigger, more ambitious project to mark one-year in the public consciousness – a race between Bloodhound SSC and the donor of its jet engine, a Eurofighter Typhoon! Turnaround on this project was approximately 2 months from the drawing board to final delivery, with extensive consultation with the driver going into the cockpit design, and trying to convey the overall experience of driving through the sound barrier (Wing Commander Andy Green is the only person in the world qualified to testify on this).
Read more about the project at Bloodhoundssc.com
A teaser video for the imminent new Bloodhound animation….. watch this space! (Don’t worry, the project is still financially on track!)
Read more about the project at Bloodhoundssc.com
Astrium were looking to present their new Solar Orbiter project to an audience with a general interest in space exploration, and needed a way of bridging the knowledge gap between their cutting-edge scientific project and the layman’s general understanding. They provided us with a rough storyboard and approximately ten minutes of narrative text. Following this, it was important for us to work closely with Astrium over the course of the next two months to produce a polished, slick product, while ensuring that the facts of the science were accurate and the visuals precise. The final product was six minutes of high definition animation, complete with voiceover.
View more about the Solar Orbiter mission.
The Design Council asked us to help them visualise their challenge for the NHS, Design Bugs Out, where the UK’s top designers and manufacturers were asked to design furniture and equipment which would be easier and quicker to thoroughly clean, in order to reduce the spread of infections from surfaces.
From three storyboards and some CAD files, we created three animations to outline how their new equipment was an improvement, plus some 360° views of the equipment. Read more at Design Bugs Out.
Curtain Clip A curtain clip with wipe-clean handles provides a common touch-point for anyone opening and closing the curtain and can be cleaned on a regular basis. Standard curtains are handled regularly by staff, patients and visitors. But they are hard to clean, increasing the risk of cross-infection.
Intelligent Mattress with hydrochromic dye. This mattress aids in the detection of punctures in the waterproof plastic covering, which could allow bacteria such as C. difficile to contaminate the inner foam core. A layer of hydrochromic ink in the mattress covering changes colour as soon as fluids seep through, highlighting staff to the risk of contamination.
Patient Bedside System. A mobile patient bedside system that can be configured to suit different clinical settings and patient needs, with a design that makes it easy to disassemble and clean on a regular basis.