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Translated title of the thesis: Nature experiences with augmented reality
  • Simon Hjortfors

Student thesis: Master, one year

Abstract

This thesis is based on the phenomenon known as the extinction of experience, which describes how humans have lost their connection to nature in recent decades, with major consequences for mental and physical health. The thesis aims to explore the possibilities for digital designers to increase interest in the nature experience of individuals 25-40 years old through augmented reality (AR).

To create an understanding of this area, the thesis presents through literature studies what a nature experience means, both for individuals and in a social context. The positive orientation towards nature experiences are seen as a guiding concept. Through 8 narrative interviews, insights are gathered about what visual impressions they take in and how these evoke thoughts, feelings and memories. Results from the interviews contribute with insights into what the design space looks like and also to the design guidelines that are presented for design in the area. The guidelines point out that digital design for enhanced nature experiences should: handle distractions, offer control and take into account the target group's level of Connection To Nature (CTN).

In parallel with the thesis, a design project has also been carried out informed by these guidelines. The project consists of an AR concept which, by making elements in the natural environment more prominent with the intention of guiding the user's gaze towards more nature-oriented visual impressions, aims to give the individual an enhanced nature experience. This without adding stimuli through, for example: gamification.
Date of Award2021
Original languageSwedish
SupervisorMontathar Faraon (Supervisor), Michael Johansson (Supervisor) & Kari Rönkkö (Examiner)

Educational program

  • Digital design

Courses and Subjects

  • Miscellaneous

University credits

  • 30 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Human Computer Interaction (10204)
  • Computer Sciences (10201)
  • Media and Communication Technology (10209)

Keywords

  • augmented reality
  • nature experience
  • design
  • distraction
  • individualized

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