Aalto Explorer Opens the Oceans for Everyone to Explore

Aalto Explorer team members Henri Joona, Andrés Prieto, Manuel Rosales and Oskari Heikkilä. Photo by Annamari Tolonen/Aalto University.

Aalto University has published a fascinating story about Aalto Explorer which continues its underwater adventure through crowdfunding. The aim is to send a remote controlled underwater vehicle to the Baltic Sea in the summer.

Photo: Manuel Rosales/Aalto Explorer

“The vision of Aalto Explorer’s international team of over ten members is to develop a remote controlled and unmanned underwater vehicle, whose underwater journey can be monitored by people all around the world through a network application.“

The team operating in Urban Mill consists of the Aalto Industries company, students from the Aalto University Product Development Project (PdP) course, and other Aalto University students and alumni. The project has received a small amount of initial funding from a private investor, but the development team works mainly on a voluntary basis.

“The majority of the world’s seas have not been explored. Our goal is to allow people to see the beauty of the seas, learn new things and even find lost treasures. At the same time, we would like to draw attention to the state of the seas, says Aalto University master’s student Loi Tran, who is responsible for the project’s business concept.”

“Aalto Explorer originated in 2017 on the Aalto University Product Development Project (PdP) course as a student project, which was sponsored by the company Aalto Industries. A team of students from Aalto University and the Indian School of Design & Innovation built an underwater rover and its interface prototype.”

“The miracle of Otaniemi, inventor Oskari Heikkilä from Aalto Industries describes. I cannot think of another place where you could find a team of over ten experts to work on a voluntary basis aside their studies and jobs in order to create something entirely unprecedented. These people have a lot of courage.”

“The project’s continuation is planned to be financed by a crowdfunding campaign to be launched this summer. The objective is to raise one million euros. Aalto Explorer aims to embark on its journey in the Baltic Sea this year.”

Read the whole story on Aalto University’s web page:

In English: https://www.aalto.fi/news/aalto-explorer-wants-to-make-everyone-an-ocean-explorer

In Finnish: https://www.aalto.fi/fi/uutiset/aalto-explorer-haluaa-tehda-jokaisesta-merten-tutkimusmatkailijan

Product Design Gala 2015, 22.5.2015 at Design Factory & Urban Mill

Are business, design, engineering or innovations close to your heart?

If yes, or even if this is not the case (yet), you are more than welcome to join the annual Product Design Gala and fall in love with the results of our interdisciplinary Product Development Project -teams!

The teams have been working hard for the whole year to complete their design challenges given by industrial companies and other collaborating parties. In the public exhibition, you’ll have the possibility to get familiar with the teams as well as with their amazing prototypes. So save the date and see you in May!

This year the teams were sponsored by the following companies: ABB, Airbus, Audi, City of Espoo, Comnet/Ericsson, Fortum, GE Healthcare, Innovamo, KONE, Konecranes, Lindström, Norpe, Stalatube, Unicef, Valmet and Wärtsilä.

In addition, we have three student teams working on their own ideas and pursuing their dreams: All Terrain Skateboard, Yonder and Duckter.

09.00 Doors open – the exhibition starts!
13.00 Couple of chosen presentations @Stage
17.00 The exhibition ends.

More details concerning the Gala and this year’s projects, you’ll find from the PdP website – http://pdp.fi/


All you need is Love, Design, Business and Engineering!

PdP-Gaala 16.5. veti väkeä Espoo Innovation Gardeniin

Kuvia 16.5.2014 järjestetystä PdP-gaalasta Espoo Innovation Gardenissa. Design Factory ja Urban Mill täyttyivät innokkaista vierailijoista, jotka tulivat tutustumaan tuotekehityskurssin Product Development Project (PdP) opiskelijoiden kehittämiin toinen toistaan mielenkiintoisempiin prototyyppeihin. – – – Pictures from the Product Design Gala on May 16th 2014, held at Aalto Design Factory & Urban Mill in the heart of Espoo Innovation Garden. The Product Design Gala is an annual seminar presenting the results of the interdisciplinary Product Development Project course in Aalto University. The project assignments are sponsored by both domestic and foreign industrial companies. The student teams work in close cooperation with the sponsor companies throughout the course.

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