Student projects aim to strengthen bond between humans and nature
Solutions that combat loneliness, promote human contact, and serve as reminders for breaks during office hours are just some examples of prototypes developed by the master students in Interaction Design at CSE. Their aim is to enhance people’s knowledge and understanding of plants through technology.
“The goal was to create tangible, physical products that could get people to care more about plants and, in the long run, change the way they think and act towards nature and the environment,” says Mohammad Obaid, Associate Professor at the Interaction Design unit at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
The prototypes were developed as part of the course Prototyping in Interaction, which was initiated by Mohammad Obaid and partly financed by the Centre for Sustainable Urban Futures. The plant theme was developed in collaboration with Trädgårdsföreningen in Gothenburg.
Focus on well-being
After a focused eight-weeks development period, the students showcased their prototypes at an exhibition in the Kuggen library at Campus Lindholmen, and many of the prototypes focused on the well-being of both plants and humans. There was Fredie, the little pot that turns red and drops its arms when in need of watering.
"It's a small buddy that keeps you company," explained Emil Falk, one of its creators. Other examples where the GloLeaf, a plant that emits a pleasant green glow when spoken to, and Honey Pot, which lights up both itself and a connected partner pot when touched.
"Our target group was people who recently moved out of their parents' homes and might miss their family or friends. Our pots become a way to stay connected; when it lights up, you know the other person is there," says the student Paulina Palmberg.
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