Interactive and Trustworthy Technologies Group

Dynamic representations of environmental factors using art in the hospital setting


Patients in hospitals are not always allowed to have real flowers by their bedsides for hygiene reasons. Patients are also sometimes lonely and have a sense of disconnection from the outside world. This research wishes to investigate whether digital animations for real, medicinal flowers, can act as a reasonable substitute for real flowers and also if we can augment these medicinal digital flowers with ambient and external information, collected from internal and external temperature, sensors. 

To build a flower avatar on a tablet screen responding to ambient sensor data, deploy it in the hospital, and then evaluate, with patients, whether an interactive digital flower is something that would enhance or improve their wellbeing while in the hospital.