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    Middlesex stars on Gadget Show

    02/11/2009
    The University's Innovation Centre helped design pet gadgets on the show.

    Presenters of the Channel 5 programme The Gadget Show, Suzi Perry and Jason Bradbury, enlisted the help of Middlesex University’s Innovation Centre to help them build “pet gadgets” in an episode to be aired this evening.

    The magnificent Trent Park, with the mansion as its centrepiece, provided the backdrop for some of the filming. It is no stranger to the small screen, having been featured in the original Dr Who film in the 1960s.

    The timeframe the Middlesex team had to operate in was very tight, but they rose to the challenge building prototypes of two models, which were then tried out with the help of some four-legged friends.

    One of the gadgets, championed by Jason Bradbury, was a machine designed to throw a ball for a dog and reward it for bringing it back. The other, which Suzi Perry was looking at, was a GPS for cats that would send the owner the animal’s whereabouts by return text to their mobile.

    Dr Andy Bardill, Director of the Innovation Centre, said: “It was a challenging task we were set and I think the team worked very effectively to turn the project around in such a short space of time – just two and a half weeks. The show required expertise in many different areas, from mechanics through to electronics and web applications. It was impressive for a small team like that to deal with such a spread of technology in such a short timescale. We’re confident we exceeded the Gadget Show’s expectations”.

    He added: “We had a great time and the presenters, Suzi and Jason, were consummate professionals”. 

    Gadget Show director Tom Mctaggart said: “We were all really impressed with the hard work and expertise of Andy and the team at Trent Park - coping with the demands of a tight schedule and some uncooperative animals!"

    The episode was aired on Channel 5 on Monday 2 November. 

    Missed the Middlesex team's star turn?  Watch the Gadget Show now.

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