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WORTH Partnership Project
Project

Treesense

Wearable textile that allows you to experience nature through the perspective of a tree

Treesense

The message of the project

Exploring nature through the perspective of a tree.

The idea behind the project 

Through physical lived experiences, Treesense invites children to extend their empathy to all living things in the world. Children "in their roots" experience the life of trees and see their wisdom by wearing a set of sensing-actuating soft elements. Through wearable textile items with fun instructions, it offers a playful setting for children to learn about the sustainable and beautiful features of nature.

The project concept evolved from their earlier WORTH collaboration project, Theyarable Play, in which they investigated ways to encourage physical and social engagement with digital natives through interactions embodied in soft toys. They wish to learn how to develop empathy with nature and obtain ideas for sensory experiences from a tree this time.

They want to build a variety of artefacts, beginning with material investigations and lo-fi prototypes and progressing to technology infused artefacts that will allow the user to feel the sense of being a tree through a kit that can be customised for their unique purpose.

They want to interact mostly online from three distinct geographical places, but they also intend to meet and work together in actual settings on a regular basis.

What next?

They want to create an innovative product prototype (a play kit), a service idea, and a business plan for it.

They view "beautiful togetherness" in their project as an aesthetic sensory experience of being linked with others' (non-humans') feelings as a whole, which would lead to a "sustainable" future (s). They feel that being more linked to nature improves people's daily lives and helps them care for the natural world.

They perceive a connection between empathy for the environment and more sustainable consumption. Their project uses the sensory body to increase environmental awareness. It promotes physical exercise and draws youngsters away from computers to engage in embodied and tactile connections.

There are two levels of accessibility and affordability: 1) it is important to them that Treesense be accessible to children in different places regardless of their physical, mental, family, or financial status; and 2) it is important to them that Treesense be accessible to children in different places regardless of their physical, mental, family, or financial status.

Stakeholders

Coordinators

Spell

Address
Estonia

Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Address
Italy

Mihoo

Address
Germany