Ottawa

Steampunk creations let students show off flights of fancy

A hydroponics system for a refugee camp. A robotic parrot that spits out candy. And a remote control — for your feet. Those were just a few of the curious and whimsical inventions on display Wednesday at the University of Ottawa's annual design day.

Curious and whimsical inventions were on display at annual U of O design day

It's not a jetpack, but it's pretty close. University of Ottawa computer engineering student Roshan George models a contraption he and his classmates designed that emits steam, thanks to a vapourizer hidden in the tanks. (Danny Globerman/CBC)

A hydroponics system for a refugee camp. A robotic parrot that spits out candy. And a remote control — for your feet.

Those were just a few of the curious and whimsical inventions on display Wednesday at the University of Ottawa's annual design day.

The day offers the university's engineering students a chance to show off some of their most elaborate projects.

This year, teams of students created steampunk innovations in wearable technologies and robotics.

They're competing to win $1,000 and to showcase their creations at the National Science and Innovation Gala, a Canada 150 event, at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum on May 17.

You can find pictures of some of the creations below.

CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning spent some time at the event, and you can listen to interviews with some of the creators here.

Kate Gingles, a first-year civil engineering student, shows off her 'pulse-detecting chest plate.' (Danny Globerman/CBC)
If you've ever thought your waste basket would be just perfect if it had a propeller, this steampunk disposal unit might just be for you. (Danny Globerman/CBC)
When you pat Robo the dog's head, his tail wags and one of his eyes lights up. (Danny Globerman/CBC)
Collin Spence, a third-year civil engineering student, shows off a 'wing suit-slash-jet pack' he and his classmates invented. The wings move by pulling on attached cords. (Danny Globerman/CBC)
Roshan George models a very steampunk device that emits light that changes colour. (Danny Globerman/CBC)
These steampunk boots have wings that deploy and fans in the rear that rotate when the boots are turned on. (Danny Globerman/CBC)