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Wearable data logger for audio-visual, environmental, physiological and spatial data, 2014

with Laura Fisher and Jill Bennett

The SenseScape is an innovative life-logging system that captures audio-visual, geo-location, motion and physiological data in time synchronicity. It takes the SenseCam concept to a new level by providing researchers with a tool to capture dense multimodal datasets in lab and field studies.

Sensescape consists of a custom made electronic interface and a smartphone App. The app takes photos at a regular interval, has smart voice recording and logs meta-data from its built-in sensors such as GPS, motion, orientation and ambient light. The custom sensor- interface is connected via Bluetooth to the smartphone app, and measures environmental (temperature, atmospheric pressure) and physiological responses such as heart rate, heart rate variability and galvanic skin response.

  • Visual. Photos take at regular interval (0.5-5sec) with smartphone camera
  • Audio. Level controlled sound recording through an external wearable microphone connected to smartphone
  • Galvanic Skin Response (affect). Custom bluetooth interface
  • Heart Rate Variability. Custom bluetooth interface
  • Heart Rate. Custom bluetooth interface
  • Temperature/Humidity. Custom bluetooth interface
  • Geo-location. Smartphone GPS sensor
  • Orientation. Smartphone dig. compass sensor
  • Acceleration.  Smartphone sensor

For a sample data set, click here or for a sample KML file for Google Earth or Maps, click here.

The Sensecape device made possible, for the first time, an extensive study of the emotional and physiological responses riding a bicycle in the urban context of Sydney (Veloscape). The collection of this geo-referenced physiological data allowed us to generate a “heat map” of Sydney city streets and bicycle lanes, indicating spots of particular high stress or joy responses from the riders.

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Related exhibitions
  • Sydney Rides Festival, Sydney (2014)
  • Experimental Thinking/Design Practices, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane (2015)
  • Experimental Practice: Provocations In and Out of Design, RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne (2015).
Related publication:
  • The Veloscape Project: Cyclists Sensing the City. Fisher, L., Kuchelmeister, V. (2017). In David Curtis (Eds.), Building Sustainability with the Arts. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-9133-2, 01/08/2017, Page 49-63/431.