The 5 TV presenters had no idea what the special
challenges were and as they left their 3rd challenge near Stratford
upon Avon they listened to a video message outlining the challenge
at AG Cranes Ltd based Studley Warwickshire.
The presenters; Suzi Perry, Jason Bradbury, Jon
Bentley, Pollyanna Woodward and Ortis Deley had to operate the
world’s largest mind controlled machine by only thought
process. The machine they were using was an AG CRANES double girder
overhead gantry crane, capable of lifting 60 tonnes, and weighing
in excess of 56 tonnes.
Computer programmers from NeuroSky and scientists
from Loughborough University devised a system they hoped would
be able to move the crane by beta brainwaves and the power of
the human brain alone.
To make the challenge more interesting it was
agreed we would lift and move a Volkswagen Polo across AG CRANES
warehouse and land it in a square 30 meters away on the opposite
side of the factory.
If the crane that weighed in excess of 56 tonnes
was only 2 or 3 centimeters away from its target the world record
attempt would fail.
The 4 presenters; Jon, Pollyanna, Ortis and Jason
had to move the crane in one axis each, and also turn on a lifting
magnet, while wearing the NeuroSky headsets.
The headsets would transmit brainwaves to the
laptop to make the task work, while Suzi Perry along with a cameraman
and AG Cranes Managing Director, Alan Griffiths went up in an
access platform above the height of the crane, over 11 meters
off the floor.
Jason Bradbury managed to travel the crane down
the workshop. This was potentially the most dangerous part of
the challenge, as Suzi Perry, a cameraman and Alan Griffiths were
in the cranes line of sight.
A catastrophe was narrowly avoided when Jason
was suddenly unable to stop the crane moving. It traveled past
its target and moved on towards the access platform.
Luckily Tristan Preece, AG Cranes Sales Manager,
hit the cranes emergency stop button, while Alan lowered the access
platform below the height of the crane.
After calm was restored Ortis Deley then moved
the crane across the workshop towards the VW Polo, while Jon Bentley
lowered the hook holding the magnet. Pollyanna Woodward connected
the magnet to the car and raised it from the floor.
The presenters then performed the process in reverse
and the car was landed on a marked area of the factory floor.
The world record attempt was witnessed by an adjudicator from
the Guinness World Records and verified as AG Cranes, and the
Gadget Show became World Record holders!