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The Gadget Show Visits AG Cranes

The Gadget Show came to visit AG Cranes as they needed our help. We supplied them with a 60 tonne overhead double girder gantry crane to set a Guinness World Record.

The presenters at the time were Pollyanna Woodward, Jon Bentley, Jason Bradbury, Suzi Perry and Ortis Deley. The task was to move the largest object using a brain-computer interface. Using thought process alone, we set a world record! The challenge took place in a warehouse we were using, in the yard of Allelys Haulage in Studley, Warwickshire.


Suzi Perry and Alan Griffiths from AG Cranes shouting instructions to the Gadget Show presenters from the scissor lift.
 Gadget Show crane record
The Volkswagen Polo that has to moved across the workshop.

Guinness world record crane move

All the team of The Gadget Show and AG Cranes, showing off the Guinness World Record award.

Gadget Show world record certificate

We even made the local news!!


The Gadget Show Challenge

Channel 5 televisions The Gadget Show recently filmed 4 special challenges in one day, with the final one being filmed at AG Cranes Ltd in Studley.

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 in Studley, Warwickshire.

The presenters 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 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 travelled 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!