TreeSense is a sensory virtual reality (VR) system that transforms its user into the form of a tree. By tracking bodily movement and synchronising the sounds, vibrations, temperatures, winds and scents of the virtual reality environment, TreeSense crafts an evocative illusion of inhabiting another, radically different body. Inspiring to create new levels of empathy through sensual experience, TreeSense uses technological advancements to foster our connection to the natural.
About the Designer(s)
Yedan Qian: Yedan Qian is an interaction designer, technologist and researcher. Her works have been
augmenting human bodies and environments to change how we perceive, understand and
engage. Yedan has shown her work at Sundance and TriBeCa Film Festival, as well as HumlabX
and Sliperiet Gallery in Sweden. She received her MFA in Interaction Design from Umeå Institute
of Design and was a visiting researcher at MIT Media
Xin Liu: Xin Liu is an artist, engineer and researcher at the MIT Media Lab. Mixing scientific research with
personal narratives, she examines human body and its technological evolution. Xin has shown
her work at MFA Boston, Sundance\TriBeca Film Festival, The Walker Art Center, OCAT Shanghai
and Eyebeam. Xin also worked in Microsoft Research NYC\Asia and Google ATAP.