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Nature Bot: Experiencing Nature in the Built Environment

Lookup NU author(s): Sophia McDonald, Professor Dave Kirk


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Nature Bot is a two-part, interactive art installation that uses technology to facilitate a remote exploration of nature through a remote controlled robot with video link, whilst simultaneously reflecting the exploration through a kinetic reactive sculpture within a local built environment. Attention Restoration Theory (ART) was used to design the system so that it harnesses the beneficial properties of wild nature. The project presents a unique approach to using technology to mediate a sense of immersive connection to nature, providing the user with agency within an external natural environment. The results of a qualitative user experience study suggest the installation fulfilled the elements of ART necessary for an environment conducive of mental restoration and feelings of wellbeing, and that it reflected a sense of nature within the built environment.

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Author(s): McDonald S, Kirk D, Bryan-Kinns N

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: C and C 2015 - 2015 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Creativity and Cognition

Year of Conference: 2015

Pages: 173-176

Print publication date: 22/06/2015

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc


DOI: 10.1145/2757226.2764547

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ISBN: 9781450335980