Students to present outdoor product prototypes


On Monday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, student teams will reveal eight product prototypes they worked on for the 2.009 Product Engineering Processes class.

This final presentation is akin to a product launch, offering guests an opportunity to review designs and business plans for new products.

This semester's theme for the course was the outdoors. Led by instructor David Wallace, the teams brainstormed, modeled and tested each product in several iterations over the fall semester, assisted by the Pappalardo Lab staff.

At Monday's event, attendees will learn about the design and operation of a floating rescue beacon for boaters, an automated trash can washer for institutions and public works, and a flameless food-heating pot for backpackers. Students' prototypes will also include an innovative beer-keg delivery dolly, a bicycle navigation system with haptic signaling and a small-farm spinach and greens harvester.

A reception in the Kresge lobby will follow the show, and guests will have the opportunity to meet the teams and try out the prototypes.


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