Waylan Jacobs

MDes / BA (Hons) Product Design

Vortex Extinguisher

Hi, I'm Waylan. A product designer that enjoys creating products that are suited to users through critical thinking, discussions, and model making. My experience of 9 months as an intern and 1 year as a design technician at Vital Auto has contributed to the development of my skills such as surfacing, workshop practice and model making. I have also developed my soft skills, such as working independently and as part of a team, working to tight deadlines and problem solving.

For my final major project, I designed a portable fire extinguisher for residents living in high risk areas of wildfires especially in the WUI (wildland user interface). The extinguisher allows residents to protect their homes and evacuate safely when encountering wildfires. Vortex uses sound technology to extinguish fires with a battery life of up to 30 minutes, lasting longer than current portable extinguishers available. By residents using sound technology instead of water hoses it allows wildland firefighters to continue to have increased water pressure when tackling wildfires. Vortex is an insight into what the future might hold for wildfire suppression technologies and could be developed for wildland firefighters to use.

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MDes / BA (Hons) Product Design

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