University of Twente Student Theses


Tangible and immersive data physicalisation using sound and temperature with climate change data

Teekens, S. (2022) Tangible and immersive data physicalisation using sound and temperature with climate change data.

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Abstract:Climate reports indicate global average temperatures are rising to alarming levels with devastating consequences. Reduction of CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere are needed. However, human behaviour resulting in lower emissions exist inadequately. The objective of this thesis is to explore ways to convey the message in a more impactful way. Data physicalisations can convert abstract data in a more tangible manner, making data more understandable. Therefore, for this thesis a data physicalisation with the factors sound and temperature was developed to convey climate change data immersively. It displays the average temperatures of nine countries between 1950-2050. Users control the installation by selecting years and countries of which data is displayed, as well as different future predictions. In total, 44 people participated, divided over four subgroups, each subjected to different combinations of the immersive factors. Their accuracy, experience, and perceived level of immersion were evaluated. Participants were enthusiastic after their interaction. However, they only managed to complete half of the tasks successfully. Although the results for immersion between the subgroups showed no significant difference, the results for the sound factor seem promising. For conclusive results on the impact of these immersive factors, larger user groups and an optimised installation are recommended.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:50 technical science in general
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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