An exhibit was designed and built for use within a telecommunications exhibition that was delivered at MOSI for the weekend of the 23/24 October as part of Manchester Science Festival.
The exhibit showcased our project called Digital Environment Home Energy Management System (DEHEMS) and included pull-up banners and posters that explained why the research is important and how our system works. It also showcased actual technology with live feedback of data and demonstrated new interfaces that capture complex data in a very simple and visual manner. The public reaction to these new interfaces in itself formed an input to our research work. The exhibit was organised by Qi Liu throughout the weekend and he was able to explain in more depth how the DEHEMS technology has been developed, how it works and how it could be incorporated within homes. Two videos were also produced of Qi Liu demonstrating his exhibit and these are in the final stages of editing before being uploaded to the University's YouTube channel.
This project will help change the public's perceptions of universities and research activities by making the researcher more accessible and to show a real-world application that people can easily relate to. The materials developed will then become available for use at other public engagement events.