IceBuggy

In early March 2018, Copenhagen reached the bitter temperatures of -9C, causing much of the harbour to freeze over in thick ice. The Ice Buggy was a result of an urge to try to explore this foreign new landscape, as well as a shared interest in the group in creating something that was very situational, and only made sense for the exact day that the project would be presented in.

The Ice Buggy uses a potentiometer attached to a small windsock in order to sense the wind direction, the measurement from the potentiometer informs a motor to turn a larger sail, so that the buggy catches the wind, and drives across the icy landscape. The hope was that the buggy would be controllable whilst out on the ice and that a camera could be attached in order to study the surface of the ice.

For a team who had not had a great deal of prior experience with physical computing, the biggest learning was without a doubt a clearer understanding of which ideas can realistically be realised in a short time frame.