Ecce Vita – An UAV


One of the biggest problems in any accident site is time. Time to quickly get people to safety and to rescue people before it is too late.
The thing that makes this so difficult is to know where to put the right resources.

A thing that can shorten this time is to have an eye in the sky. My solution is to use an UAV(Unmanned Aerial Vehicle).

 Research, positioning and interviews

In order to find out more about the market I made some research to see what is used today among professionals and what kind of techniques that is used to achieve an UAV. I also got the opportunity to visit and interview some people working in or in close connection to this market.

Target group

I quickly recognised that this UAV will have to types of users. The direct user, that one who will handle and maneuver it. For example fire-fighters. Then we have the indirect user, the one who will see it and experience it from the ground. These could  for example be victims in a natural disaster.

I wanted to separate these users and give them each one side of the UAV, the one facing them the most, and to make this work well with the values suited for this user.

 Conclusions from research

  • 4 Ducted fans (propellers)
  • Central electronic unit, easy to replace
  • Detachable fans
  • Max 600 mm in any measurement
  • Tend to the target groups both needs
  • Head payload: camera gimbal

 Sketch phase 1

In this phase I looked at the overall shape and relations between body and fans.


Sketch phase 2

Exploring the UAV’s character by sketches and small clay models

Sketch phase 3

Using sketches to investigate how the more functional aspects of the UAV should work. Such as finding a good placement of a handle and how to integrate this in the UAV’s body.

Final modeling phase

For the final shape i used a full-scale clay model to fine-tune surfaces and joints. To speed up the process I used photos of the model to sketch on to see a more detailed element. I hung up the model in the roof from time to time to get different perspective of the shapes to accommodate the two different target groups.

Colouring and graphics

I based the colours and how to use these form researching on how they are used in power-tools and by the rescue force. The result is few clear colours with a clear action colour for details that are suppose to be handled.

The logo is based on the word Ecce Vita which is Latin for “See life”. I wanted to tie the name to the main purpose of this UAV. The unit name is based of the system the Swedish rescue force use.

 Final result

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