Thoughts from the Wobbly Edge

Monday, February 9, 2015

Medical Drone

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I really like doing these quick turnaround projects with the argo team. The challenge was to create a future vision for the medical industry and one of the concepts (Ian MacDowell) involved using drone technology to bring an emergency attendant to the scene of an accident in a car-sized drone. You may want to read the finished article at FastCoDesign.

We had less than a week to complete this, so I started in SketchUp and created some quick sketches directions:

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Mark Rolston liked the first one the most, but though it looked too heavy. He also suggested the drone blades be rotated up, “like a butterfly.” So, I spent another day and refined it to create:

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I then moved to my new favorite 3D program, MoI (Moment of Inspiration) by Michael Gibson, the original creator of Rhino3D. Awesome program!

I used it and Keyshot to composite over photos. Again, Mark Rolston helped out with final compositing. Here are a couple of the final renders:

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