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Radiometer Installation

Science and art collide

Here at Cubik Innovation we are very fortunate to have the opportunity to not only work on some brilliant projects but also with some very interesting customers.

Our customers can be at any stage of development and Cubik is perfectly placed with its variety of skills sets and previous knowledge to adapt to any project, no matter how unusual.

Luke Jerram

One of our more unusual projects recently was brought to us by Bristol based artist Luke Jerram. With international success in a number of projects, Luke approached Cubik for assistance with a newly commissioned Radiometer Installation at the Chrysler Museum of Art Commissions, Virginia.

Being based at Bristol and Bath Science Park we have become familiar with Luke’s work, as a number of pieces are in the forum. In particular, we have our very own 17ft Radiometer Installation containing 665 individual radiometers which gently come to life as the sun moves around the building.

Having been commissioned to install another kinetic sculpture, Luke required some modifications to accommodate low light levels in an internal stairwell. A key aim with the electronic additions were minimal visual intrusion to the viewer.

Challenge accepted, Cubik carried out multiple investigations and with Luke’s input selected an appropriate solution. Using tiny infra-red diodes, the heat generated creates a slight temperature difference allowing the internal vanes in the individual radiometers to rotate.

Development on the project went so well that one of the Cubik team was invited to help with installation in Virginia to ensure first hand that the modifications went smoothly.

Suffice to say, the solution was clever, refined and subtle on the eye. Have a look at the video to see just how beautiful it is!

Next on Luke’s journey is the proposal of a giant 90m waterslide called ‘Park and Slide on Bristol’s very own Park Street, a playful response to the urban environment.

… now there’s an idea for a works trip outing!

Luke Jerram
Luke Jerram



Adrian Schmieder of HiETA commented: “Cubik’s quick turn-around of a functioning PCB has sped the delivery of the project and enabled me to focus on areas of the project in which HiETA has expertise.  The project is a great success and produced valuable information even from its first use.  I am very impressed with the support Cubik provided me throughout the project, from initial concept through to PCB delivery.  I will not hesitate to engage with them again as future PCB projects arise.”


Speaking about the collaboration between Inductosense and Cubik Innovation, Founder and CTO Dr Chenghuan Zhong (Bamboo) stated: "It was great working with the knowledgeable and experienced team at Cubik Innovation. They always provide full support as well as useful and thoughtful advice to us, helping us find solutions for really difficult problems."


Geoff Jones, Aquabar Inventor: "It was a pleasure to work with Cubik on our project. Paul and Sam understood the concept at one meeting, and produced a solution filling the brief within two weeks which has enabled us to find a potential partner. We will certainly use Cubik for our production units later in the year, Many thanks."

Plymouth University

Paul Davey, Associate Professor (SL) Plymouth University: "If you need a prototype developed to a high standard and on time you would be hard pushed to find someone better. They have highly trained, experienced engineers who get the job done."

Clean Energy Prospector Ltd

Damon Rand, Head Product Design: "Paul and the team have really helped us speed up the turnaround on our prototypes and assure the manufacturability of our designs. If you’re designing electronics in the South-West, then Cubik is a great choice for short-run manufacturing."