Over recent months Falmouth University students have applied their creative insight to help local business and residents realise the opportunities of superfast technology. Superfast Designs is an exhibition by Falmouth students which will be on public display throughout July and August at the Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (WREN) Energy Shop.
The Falmouth University project is part of Superfast Cornwall’s research study into the environmental impacts of superfast broadband in the Wadebridge area. It is the first investigation of its kind, led by local company PFA Research and supported by WREN.
BA(Hons) Sustainable Product Design students worked in teams to gather interview data from local residents, schools and businesses, exploring the possible community benefits of the technology. This research information formed the basis for a range of design concepts and potential superfast applications designed to improve everyday life and business.
Project organiser and Sustainable Product Design course coordinator Su Vernon explained; “We were really impressed by the innovative ideas which students came up with. In today’s climate it’s vital that our teaching reflects the demands of industry, working to live briefs with commercial collaborators. Being situated in Cornwall, it was a real privilege to pair this with regional interests and join one of the most forward-thinking research projects of its kind.”