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Polar bears remain a major risk to Arctic explorers in camp, especially at night. According to the Scottish Business News Network report yesterday, the Dundee team who have developed a polar bear alarm system were inspired by hearing about Captain Robert Falcon of Scott’s British Antarctic Expedition. Spot anything wrong in that readers? Yes, it’s the classic mistake in confusing Antarctic (South) and Arctic (North). There are no polar bears in the Antarctic luckily for the penguins because the story that they can’t get the wrappers off is untrue. The team were taking part in the first leg of the Scottish Design Relay, a national V&A Dundee project to inspire the next generation of designers.
Here’s how it works:
‘The prototype design builds on an existing humane tripwire system which sets off a loud bang if a bear breaches a campsite perimeter. The new design includes a retractable spring recoil system to prevent tangling of the tripwire, and uses non-conductive material to stop exposed skin freezing to the device in sub-zero temperatures. New technology has also been incorporated, allowing for early detection of polar bears around the camp.’
Ipswich, which was voted the best city in the UK to start a business is, of course, much warmer in winter and so less likely to be visited by stray bears than Dundee.
This is, of course, just another success for Dundee. See these previous reports: