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Window to Nature

Multisensory design

Year

2023

Client

Vitalis

Award

2nd prize Warm Technology Challenge 2023

The connection with natural elements such as plants, birds and trees is essential for us as human beings. For people with dementia living in a nursing home it can be challenging to get in touch with nature. Window to Nature is a multisensory window to (re)connect people with dementia in nursing homes to nature.
How it works

The design consists of a display that shows videos of natural landscapes and is enclosed with a window-like housing. When the system detects someone approaching the window, it activates the sound of the displayed environment and adjusts volume based on proximity. Opening the window releases a scent that matches the nature landscape, further enhancing the sensory journey and allowing those with dementia to reconnect with the beautiful outdoor world.

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Immersive experience

Simulate multisensory aspects of nature

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Social interaction

Encourage conversations about nature

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Personalization

Considering personal preferences and needs

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Technology

Provide autonomy through embodied interaction

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Sensors & actuators
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