Mr Arkwright: A Pedal Powered Drawing Machine

I have worked with light artist, maker and NESTA fellow Jo Fairfax, (of Jo Fairfax Studio) on a number of prototypes and ideas. This project required a human powered pump to power a drawing machine. RE-Innovation built the pedal power generator and pump control system, which was mounted on a tandem bike. … more

Solar Power Data-Logger

The Renewable Energy for Development group, part of The Centre for Renewable Energy Technology within Loughborough University, work on access to energy services for the 1.3 billion people without access to reliable energy supplies. They were working on mini-grid projects based in Kenya and in Bangladesh. These solar PV systems provided renewable energy for communities … more

ESP8266 Controller Board

Mini Prediction Machines

We had already worked with artist Rachel Jacobs on her ‘The Prediction Machine’: an interactive artwork which aims to engage the public with climate change issues via a fortune telling. She wanted to take the concept into the classroom and get students of all ages to get hands-on with the data. … more

Projection unit

Kinetiscopes – A Lost Paradise?

We have been working with Ben Wigley, an artist and film maker, to produce some interactive artworks for his artists residency “A Lost Paradise?”. These three units are now installed at Shugborough Hall, a National Trust property in Staffordshire. … more

Penetrometer Unit

Penetrometer

1.8 billion people around the world don’t have access to safe water and 2.4 billion lack access to adequate sanitation. Women and children spend more than 4 hours walking for water each day, and more than 840,000 people die each year from water-related diseases. Water For People is an international non-profit working across 9 countries … more

Solar PV panel for van

Off-Grid Van Power System

Helena has an amazing large bus which she takes around various festivals during the summer months. She is used to using a battery based system but had got tired of lugging batteries from the van to get them charged. We installed a relatively small solar PV system to recharge the on-board leisure battery. … more

Pedal power in action

Pedal Power for Tour De Yorkshire

We were asked to provide bespoke pedal power activities for marketing company Creative Race as part of the Tour De Yorkshire. This was for Mugshots who are a sponsor of the race. The client required an interactive promotional activity based around cycling. Solution We provided a pedal power energy challenge where people raced against each … more

Four Bike Energy Challenge

PedalCentsĀ run pedal-powered fundraising events for primary & secondary schools, sports clubs, scout groups, charities and more. They already run a pedal-powered cinema which has proven to be very popular. They wanted to expand their range of activities and have a pedal power challenge for up to 4 competitors. Each person will be on a pedal-generator. … more

Interactive Wall

Light artist, maker and NESTA fellow Jo Fairfax, (of Jo Fairfax Studio) approached us to help build a prototype of on an interactive wall prototype. He needed control over a large number of motors to move circular disks within an array on a wall. … more

Battery Monitoring Units

Product Health work on remote monitoring of battery based power systems to ensure they are working and preempt any maintenance or repair which might be required. The product specification was to build a low-cost, re-programmable and accurate unit to measure current and voltage at a reasonably high sample rate and send that data, when called, … more

Eight Bike Pedal Powered Scalextric

The client arranges digital event services providing interesting activities for various clients around the world. They were running an event to celebrate the Formula One in Bahrain and they wanted an activity relating to the car race. The equipment needed to run for 4 weeks in an outdoor location in a hot and sandy environment. … more

Beach hut off-grid power system

Mr McEwen’s family have enjoyed a beach hut for holidays and short stays for several decades. Recently the beach hut has been rebuilt and to go with the renovation he wanted a power system for some relatively small loads including lighting, phone and tablet recharging and also a small refrigerator. There is no electricity connection … more