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BSc Product Design

Joel Smeaton

I take pride in attention to detail and complexity within all my design work, aiming to make impactful products, whether in humanitarian aid or elevating quality of life. My two final year projects aim to blend form and function under the fictitious brand name SCARAB.

SCARAB StreamRide

273513-258542 - N0928759 - Zahra Achda- 28 April, 2024 1007 PM - Achda_Zahra_Trailshare_Co

Whilst paddleboarding in the Lake District and along various coastlines, I have been caught out on the water in storms and dramatic changes in weather, where awareness of your energy levels and ability to return to safety is especially important. From these experiences a product idea was born, the SCARAB Streamride aims to address market gaps by providing a robust informed design, possessing increased battery life & speed capabilities thanks to the hydro-dynamic fin design paired with re-defined propeller design technologies. The ergonomically designed paddle-mounted speed controller ensures comfort and functionality in the user's hand, whilst being easily adjustable for regular paddling activities. A case attached to the top of the board ensures all the components are dry and secure. Providing the user with confidence and stability on the board. The Streamride also provides use as a leisure device for paddleboarders who require an extra level of functionality to enhance the outdoor experience.

SCARAB Streamline

The SCARAB Streamline Hydro-Powered Water Filter is designed for off-grid living and van-life culture. This device can be anchored in a river and will provide the user with 10L of clean water.

The main aim of this project was to create energy from rivers & streams. To achieve this I utilized dual rolling-fluid turbines which can work in low-flow rate environments.

Although difficult to fully appreciate without a prototype model. I have used renders to show the unit as a whole, demonstrating the various anchoring options & the central core that contains, a pump, filters & a removable battery pack. All are designed with replacement & repairability in mind.

The target audience for this product is off-grid campervan living, however, this does not constrict its uses to within this market. With some modifications to the design of the system, this device could be used in a humanitarian setting to filter unclean river water in remote areas that may have access to the grid.

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