GradEx 2015: Creative Technologies showcased in Stafford
An app that tells you what to have for dinner, a self-playing musical instrument and software to create the perfect revision environment are just some of the future facing projects being exhibited Staffordshire University’s GradEX 2015 next week.
Hundreds of Computing and Creative Technologies students will be showcasing their final year assignments at the Stafford campus on Friday 15 May and industry professionals will award prizes to the best work.
Jay Harrison, who studies BSc (Hons) Creative Music Technology, has built a bespoke, self-playing lithograph – an instrument similar to a xylophone but with stone keys, which can be seen in action on Staffordshire University’s Youtube channel.
“I’ve always made instruments and am fascinated by different ways of making music.” said Jay.
“Throughout the course I’ve become more and more interested in instruments that make music autonomously and wanted to do something completely different for my final year project.”
Jay travelled to Wales to find the best quality slate for the instrument: “You have to use the right type of slate so that the sound really resonates.” he explained.
The bars of the notes have been constructed individually so that they can be arranged to fill any space.
“I wanted to create a really immersive musical experience. I can set up the different notes all around a room so that the music completely envelops you. As far as I know there isn’t another self-playing lithophone in the world.”
Another project on display is by BSc (Hons) Computer Science student Marie Lyon who has designed a piece of software that aims to find the optimal learning environment for GCSE Maths students.
The software adjusts lighting and temperature whilst students undertake a test and uses the results to determine their ideal revision environment.
“Everyone is different and things like lighting and temperature really make a difference to how we learn.” explained Marie.
“It’s particularly useful for people with learning disabilities like dyslexia because they often find it easier to process information in different coloured lights.”
Marie believes the software can be applied to any level or subject, not just GCSE Maths, and is keen to continue the project after University.
Meanwhile fellow BSc (Hons) Computing Science student Thomas Jackson has created an app to save time and money and encourage people to be more creative in the kitchen.
The Recipe Scanner app enables people to use their mobile phones to scan bar codes on food items and discover recipes using those ingredients.
“You can use the app to find a recipe using whatever food you’ve got at home which is especially good for students with bare cupboards!” said Thomas.
“Or if you’re at the supermarket you can scan items on special offer and plan meals as you go.”
Thomas believes the app will appeal to a mass audience and will continue to work on the project after university.
“This is what I want to do as a career. It’s been great that I’ve been able to develop this idea for my course and hopefully after graduating I’ll be able to take it to market.”
Students from Computing and Creative Technologies will showcase their work at the Stafford campus and students from Engineering and Sciences will be at the Stoke-on-Trent campus on Friday 15 May from 10am - 12pm.
NOTES TO EDITORS
You are invited to send a photographer or reporter to the GradEx 2015 exhibition at Staffordshire University’s Stafford campus on Friday 15 May.
Projects by students from Computing and Creative Technologies will be on display at the Beaconside site from 10am - 12pm.
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