Industrial - Honours
DISCOVERY is a rental camera system designed to collect photographic data for citizen science (CS) groups on the Great Barrier Reef. Reef ecosystems accommodate 0.2% of the seafloor and are responsible for housing a quarter of all marine biodiversity but there is insufficient funding and resources in place to accurately monitor this space. DISCOVERY has been designed to use reef tourism to broaden the percentage of reefs monitored at a significantly lower price point.
DISCOVERY has simplified the camera to just a video and photo function, indicated by light and sound. It’s an intuitive design to minimise the need for excessive training.
The product is distributed in a set of 8 cameras, 12 snorkel masks and a specialised charger. This is an induction charger optimised for use on a charter or tourism vessel. Doubling as a storage system, the charger is magnetised and locks the camera in place. The outer casing is waterproof and can be fastened between railings or onto walls. It was important to provide several storage options as each crew and vessel operates differently. When exiting the water, users can place their cameras into the charger to prevent losing the device between snorkel sites.
DISCOVERY is a system complementary to all. The aim was to lower the barrier to entry while creating an incentive. The camera allows a user to capture high-quality video and photos of their trip while having the opportunity to contribute back to the ecosystem they’re exploring. This camera also opens future opportunities in biodiversity and agricultural image studies. Still, at its core, the DISCOVERY system is about making your memories mean more.
If you would like to know more about the system or study, feel free to contact Ellie with the details below.
Ellie has garnered a passion for uncovering and understanding the end-user and context to create holistic and seamless systems that effortless fit within the user’s daily life. Ellie's drive to unearth research gaps and solve complex problems has been carried throughout her study and will continue this momentum in industry.