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Innovation Design Engineering (MA/MSc)

Ryan McClure

Originally from Northern Ireland, Ryan McClure comes from a multidisciplinary engineering background specialising in Mechatronics and Systems Design Engineering and has been involved in different areas of Environmental Activism. Extremely passionate about the natural world, Ryan's projects usually have a strong undertone relating to tackling problems related to climate change and bringing people together building powerful communities.

Ryan aims to foster new ways of solving problems through the convergence of emerging technologies, science, and radical community-led projects generating & celebrating a newfound relationship with the natural world around us.

Show Location: Kensington campus: Darwin Building, Lower ground floor

Neaho was born out of personal struggles, societal frustrations, and shared experiences around climate action. I see this project as a starting point for going deeper into what makes people tick about caring for the environment - where sustainability can be a natural by-product of doing something we love. There is massive potential for developing a whole new range of innovative consumer products for environmental change - perhaps replacing existing product lines entirely as we try and map our value systems, behaviours and relationships with the natural world.

It had always been a massive frustration of mine in that so much culpability for anthropogenic catalysts and problems leading to climate change have been put onto the individual or consumer, when in matter of fact it is large multi-national co-operations who tarnish Earth with their dirty, laden and worn brushes. Consumerism has devoured everything and everyone in its wake, but what if there could be an idea of ‘Regenerative Consumerism’ - a new way of using a very powerful force to combat the degradation of our planet and also understand it better? I’ve always been keen on tipping ideas on their heads as a provocation into new ways of perceiving, understanding and doing - this is one example.

As we collectively become climate aware, there is a degree of willingness to shed light on harsh truths, but bond together to know what else we can do. As I look to the future, I truly believe that creating paradigm shifts in activism and citizen science coupled with new types of consumer products that help connect us to our natural environments better - could be a solution. Technology is becoming ever more widely accessible alongside the knowledge needed to use it which makes this a very exciting space.

I was so lost and depressed before I came to IDE but now I feel somewhat found with 'Neaho'. It helped me answer many questions about the integration of people, product and planet - which if balanced correctly, could be completely transformational.

Rivers of LondonThis map shows the river and waterways of London excluding canals. Past pollution incidents as well as activity locations are shown.
Levels of Water Activity PresencePeople regularly engage in kayaking, paddle boarding or swimming in these locations.

I’m Neaho, a smart inflatable drybag that can sense water pollution. I have sensors on my belly and antennas on my scales. So when I’m out for a swim, I’m helping to protect both people & waterways to help drive environmental change.

Neaho - A New Type of Consumer Product for Environmental Change, media item 1

By designing something which compliments an existing consumer behavior with a functionally intuitive solution, a lot of barriers can be immediately broken down for user interaction and uptake.

Three core elements comprise the 'Hobbyvism Eco-System'. An app that collates and distributes transparent data to all, Neaho a smart drybag that senses water quality through people-powered research, and lastly, a Twitter Bot which sends a community alert about the location and type of pollution.

With stigmas and prejudices against environmental activism alongside unfamiliarity in citizen science, a new system is needed to merge and bridge ordinary citizens, activists, and scientists.

Dry bag Form Finding
System Integration
System Housing

My design process was driven by working closely with outdoor hobbyists, scientists and NGOs where prototyping was used for form-finding and system integration.

Vo & Airro