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Inner Garden: Connecting Inner States to a Mixed Reality Sandbox for Mindfulness

Joan Sol Roo
Renaud Gervais
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Martin Hachet

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Digital technology has been completely integrated into our daily lives, yet the potential of technology to improve its users’ life satisfaction is still largely untapped. Mindfulness, the act of paying a deliberate and non-judgmental attention to the present moment, has been shown to have a positive impact on a person’s health and subjective well-being – commonly called “happiness”. Based on an iterative process with meditation teachers and practitioners, we designed a new tool to support mindfulness practices. This tool takes the shape of an augmented sandbox, designed to inspire the user’s self-motivation and curiosity. By shaping the sand, the user creates a living miniature world that is projected back onto the sand. The natural elements of the garden are connected to real-time physiological measurements, such as breathing, helping the user to stay focused on the body. Moreover, using a Virtual Reality headset, they can travel inside their garden for a dedicated meditation session. Preliminary results seem to indicate that the system is well suited for mindfulness and induces a calm and mindful state on the user. The meditation teachers envisioned the use of Inner Garden in their practice.
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hal-01455174 , version 1 (12-05-2017)

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Joan Sol Roo, Renaud Gervais, Jérémy Frey, Martin Hachet. Inner Garden: Connecting Inner States to a Mixed Reality Sandbox for Mindfulness. CHI '17 - International Conference of Human-Computer Interaction, ACM, May 2017, Denver, United States. ⟨10.1145/3025453.3025743⟩. ⟨hal-01455174⟩
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