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Inchinnan Primary pupils plant the manufacturing time capsule at the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland

'Happy glasses' and 'auto-bikes' inventions buried in time capsule at new major manufacturing district

Glasses that see emotions and bicycles which locate their owner are just two of the incredible inventions which young pupils have envisioned being made in Renfrewshire.

The creative concoctions from Inchinnan Primary School pupils have been sealed in a time capsule at a 52-hectare field next to Glasgow Airport which is being transformed into a campus for cutting-edge manufacturing research.

The pupils were invited to the University of Strathclyde's Advanced Forming Research Centre in Inchinnan to see the time capsule being meticulously manufactured, before planting it on site.

So what are the inventions?

Maya Jones invention

You'll be able to see inside people's heads with eight-year-old Maya Jones' Happy Glasses.

"When you put them on and press the sound button, you can know the person's feelings and they can be used by parents, doctors and teachers to see if they're Scott Miller invention okay and make them happy,"

Scott Miller hopes his app-enabled auto-bike, able to self-navigate to its owner and stop at red lights, is the first of many inventions.

"People that come up with inventions have an idea and think 'what could I do with this?' and then they build up their Rhia McKenzie invention thoughts. I'd like to build inventions that move, and I like bikes so I thought why not do something to help people if their car breaks down."


Rhia McKenzie's invention will save you time getting ready in the morning.

"It's a wardrobe that you step into so you don't have to do it yourself. You choose the outfit and it gets you ready."



Cleo Murray invention

No more trips to the shops to buy new outfits with Cleo Murray's invention.

"You have a thumb recognition so it knows who you are and it has a different shapes for different people. If you're into fashion, you can tap the different apps, Maria Shambrook invention pick what outfit you want and it dresses you there and then."


Litter could be a thing of the past if Maria Shambrook's robot litter picker takes off.

"It picks all the rubbish up because some people drop their litter on the floor so the robot will help the animals and the environment. If it sees litter on the floor, it will pick it up but if it sees someone dropping litter, it will tell them to pick it up."

What else is in the time capsule?

The capsule contains items from renowned Renfrewshire-based manufacturers, including a Rolls Royce turbine blade for a Boeing 757 manufactured in Inchinnan and 100% recycled Coats sewing thread, the company's roots traced to the Paisley weaving and textile industry.

There is low carbon leather from Bridge of Weir-based Scottish Leather Group used in luxury car seats and a miniature Johnnie Walker Black Label, bottled at Diageo's Shieldhall site.

There's also a Paisley Pin brooch from local designer Laura Provan, a compilation of songs from local musicians and images of iconic manufacturing sites.

So what is AMIDS?

The Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) will be based next to Glasgow Airport and is expected to put Renfrewshire at the heart of Scotland's manufacturing industry.

Renfrewshire Council are leading the district's development in partnership with Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise and it is estimated it will create up to 6,000 jobs and boost Scotland's manufacturing sector by £535million in GVA a year.

A 52-hectare campus at the heart of the district will house companies harnessing new technologies and accessing cutting edge research.and the site is already confirmed as the location for the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland and the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre.

Work has now started on constructing the enabling infrastructure, which includes new roads, bridges, cycling routes and pedestrian walkways which is funded through the £1.13 billion Glasgow City Region City Deal, jointly funded by the UK and Scottish governments.

This work is scheduled for completion in early 2021 and will also strengthen connections to nearby Westway Park, Scotland's largest fully enclosed industrial distribution and office park, and to Inchinnan Business Park, home to more than 30 businesses including Rolls Royce PLC, Peak Scientific and the University of Strathclyde's Advanced Forming Research Centre.

Why is it so important?

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: "The development of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) in Renfrewshire brings fantastic employment opportunities and provides the ideal base for businesses of all shapes and sizes to thrive.

"We already have a strong manufacturing sector making a massive contribution to the national economy and the new district will ensure we are at the heart of Scotland's bright manufacturing future.

"It's exciting to think that these creative pupils may one day be working within the district turning their ideas into reality and I'm delighted that work is now underway to create the infrastructure needed to make it happen."

Published on Sunday 1 September 2019