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My Naturewatch Camera: Disseminating Practice Research with a Cheap and Easy DIY Design

Gaver, William; Boucher, Andy; Vanis, Michail; Sheen, Andy; Brown, Dean; Ovalle, Liliana; Matsuda, Naho; Abbas-Nazari, Amina and Phillips, Robert. 2018. My Naturewatch Camera: Disseminating Practice Research with a Cheap and Easy DIY Design. Proceedings of CHI 2019, [Article] (Forthcoming)

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Abstract or Description

My Naturewatch Camera is designed to capture pictures of
wildlife when it detects movement. We designed it to be
inexpensive, easy for people to make themselves and aligned
to the interests of the BBC’s Natural History Unit. Since June
2018, when the BBC featured the camera on one of their Springwatch 2018 broadcasts, more than 1000 have been constructed using instructions and software from our project website and commercially available components. In this paper, we describe the project and outcomes with a focus on its success in promoting engagement with nature, engagement with digital making, and the effectiveness of this strategy for sharing research products outside traditional commercial channels.

Item Type:



Design research, research through design, DIY design, opensource product, camera, nature, wildlife, H.5.m. Information interfaces and presentation (e.g., HCI): Miscellaneous

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Design > Interaction Research Studio


December 2018Submitted

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Date Deposited:

13 Dec 2018 14:17

Last Modified:

13 Dec 2018 15:23

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.


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