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Inner Garden

Participants : Joan Sol Roo, Renaud Gervais, Martin Hachet.

Figure 6. Inner garden is an augmented sandbox which depicts an evolving world reflecting the inner state of the user

We present a prototype of an augmented sandbox where the sand is used to create a miniature living world, designed as an ambient display for contemplation and self-reflection. The landscape can be reshaped at any time. Once the sand is left still for a moment, the world starts evolving – vegetation grows, water flows and creatures move around – according to the user's internal state. We use a consumer-grade EEG and breathing sensors to reflect on frustration and meditative states of users, which they can monitor by looking at the sandbox (Figure 6 ) [49] .