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What tool can be designed to guide a pig farmer to a relevant sow in the pig barn

Blauw, A.W (2022) What tool can be designed to guide a pig farmer to a relevant sow in the pig barn.

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Abstract:Keeping pigs in a group housing, instead individual housing, is becoming increasingly prominent in the pig farm industry since it is better for the wellbeing of sows. However, this does not come without its downsides. In individual pig housing, the farmer always knows where a certain pig is located since they are always located at the same location. In group housing however, localizing a pig becomes much more complex. This thesis aims to help a pig farmer navigate to a certain pig in a group housing context. This was done by performing a preliminary literature research after which two subsequent user tests were done to evaluate the prototypes and interaction methods. In the first user test we tested phone guidance versus a light source placed in the barn to confine the search area. As the light performed better than the app, we performed a second user test based on different light representations in a test set up. This resulted in four guidelines for a guidance system in the barn. Number of cues should be minimized, system should not distract from the environment, use outside-in interaction, and farmer should be able to choose his own route.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Nedap, Groenlo, Netherlands
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:01 general works
Programme:Interaction Technology MSc (60030)
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