DRONES

ASU INNOVATION SPACE + HONEYWELL AEROSPACE

The program

Innovation Space is a ASU special program that provides opportunities for senior students from multiple disciplines to work together on real-world projects. Projects are year long, and each year there is a different opportunity from various companies. Undergraduate students from Industrial Design, Graphic Design, Engineering, Business and Sustainability come together to collaborate in research, development, evaluating and refining product concepts. 

The sponsor 

Honeywell Aerospace is an innovative company that integrate products and services to improve users' lives by delivering "safe, productive and comfortable experiences worldwide." Honeywell Aerospace is a well-known aircraft engines manufacture and a aviation products producer. Some of their famous commercial products are auxiliary power unit (APU), navigation and radios, sensors, recorders and transmitters, etc. 

Our mission

This year's sponsor is Honeywell Aerospace, they provided us with an interesting opportunity to explore innovation solutions around UAVs in infrastructure inspection, using Honeywell's core competencies.

Our Team

Photo credit to Katie Ireland

Photo credit to Katie Ireland

The process

In stage 1, we need to interview infrastructure inspectors, do brainstorming and performing additional research about existing products. Then we narrow down the ideas to just six and evaluate them. At the end of the semester, we present our three best concepts.

In stage 2, we evaluate our three concept to select one as our final project. Next step we will develop our concept and introduce our product.

Stage 1

Research

Ideation Sketches

Ideation sketches were done by all team members

Ideation sketches were done by all team members

Sketch Development

Here are our 6 best ideas

Concept Sketches

Finalized sketches

Study Models

Rendering

Here are our three best concepts at the end of the first stage

All three logos for drones are designed by Katie Ireland. Link to her website: http://www.katieireland.com

stage 2

Design language

Practical Simplicity   Description:  The product will express elegant, modern, minimalistic and functional design. It will have matte neutral colors, simple form (form follows function) and plain, smooth surface. The material will be carbon fiber. There will be minimal texture as well as minimal details.   Rationale:  Since this is a commercial drone that will be use for bridge inspection, simple and practical design will help hasten the process and easier to use. It is also good for the company to save materials while manufacturing.

Practical Simplicity

Description: The product will express elegant, modern, minimalistic and functional design. It will have matte neutral colors, simple form (form follows function) and plain, smooth surface. The material will be carbon fiber. There will be minimal texture as well as minimal details.

Rationale: Since this is a commercial drone that will be use for bridge inspection, simple and practical design will help hasten the process and easier to use. It is also good for the company to save materials while manufacturing.

Form Exploration

story board

1. User carries drone from car or nearby building to the inspection area. The case can be carried as a four-wheel luggage or have it clamped on the cart. User will then open the case, take the controller out and wear it around neck or waist. The drone is activated by hitting the power button and it will take off from the case.  2. Drone flies close to the antenna to communicate and collects data or takes picture of the structure. For every one antenna is connected with three or four sensors on the bridge gusset.  3. User is wearing VR glasses and using the controller to manage the data processing and check the infrastructure health.

1. User carries drone from car or nearby building to the inspection area. The case can be carried as a four-wheel luggage or have it clamped on the cart. User will then open the case, take the controller out and wear it around neck or waist. The drone is activated by hitting the power button and it will take off from the case.

2. Drone flies close to the antenna to communicate and collects data or takes picture of the structure. For every one antenna is connected with three or four sensors on the bridge gusset.

3. User is wearing VR glasses and using the controller to manage the data processing and check the infrastructure health.

Human interaction diagram

FINAL DESIGN

SKETCHES

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STORY BOARD

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EXPLORATION VIEW

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