Presence and Use: Sensors In Community Gardening

in CHI2016 NatureCHI Workshop - Unobtrusive User Experiences with Technology in Nature, Conference abstract/presentation slides, San Jose, CA


Sensor technology offers the opportunity to augment our experience and understanding of 'natural' en- vironments, however introducing technology into shared natural spaces can also disrupt the experi- ence of these environments.
Our research with forest gardeners and other com- munity food growing groups suggests that presence in the shared space is vital. We argue that success- ful nature technologies must minimise disruption
to presence to be accepted. Situating data into the environment can support community practices in shared spaces, without disrupting core aspects of the experience.