Engineers have attempted to put a new twist on a festive favourite - and reinvent the Christmas tree.
The challenge, set by Wiltshire firm Dyson, gave each team four weeks to complete their 'trees'.
Three teams went head-to-head using their expertise in software programming, laser cutting and electronics to design and build three entirely unique Christmas trees.
- Half traditional and half engineered, this tree is inspired by inner-workings.
- Built from more than 54 gears and cogs, this tree uses these interlinking cogs and gears to power a ‘countdown to Christmas’ clock at the top.
- Strategically placed mirrors create the effect of an infinite tree.
- Decorated with cyclones taken from Dyson cord-free vacuum cleaners, and baubles crafted from Dyson Supersonic hair dryers, this tree is lit up with more than 1,500 LED’s which can be remotely controlled to display different effects – one being a simulation of snow falling from the top with a flash for every time a snowflake lands on the floor.
- This tree sits inside a Buckminster Fuller inspired geodesic dome, built entirely from Dyson cord-free vacuum cleaner wands.
- Inside the dome is the tree, which is formed out of clear plastic cyclones and has a continuous airflow of snow falling from the top of the tree.
And the winner?
The trees were judged by our Head of Concepts Director.
You can watch their efforts, and how they created their designs here: