About

Digital Naturalism Laboratories (dinalab) is a new jungle prototyping studio. We have a 235m2 facility located in the Soberania Rain Forest in Panama. Our goals are to:

  • Help field biologists build their own experimental tools
  • Help designers explore new interactions with nature
  • Discover new ways of experiencing the natural world

We are also keen on documentation and open-source dissemination of all knowledge in a variety of media! So whether you are a scientist, artist, designer, hacker, or anyone excited to explore nature and technology you will find something interesting at DINALAB.

Kitty and Andy just started setting it up in February 2019, and it will only get more and more awesome! Stay tuned for more updates about current guest residency opportunities, The Digital Naturalism Conference, and how you can get involved!

Blog

Yarncraft and Cognition – Creativity and Cognition 2017 by Andrew Quitmeyer

Paper by Kitty Kelly about using yarn to explore the mind both biologically and mentally. AbstractThe popularity of knitting and crochet, or yarncraft, is on the ascent. As more people discover its pleasures, enthusiasts and neuroscientists are also realizing that crafting with yarn elicits soothing and therapeutic effects. The meditative aspects of knitting and crochet …

Digital Naturalist Design Guidelines: Theory, Investigation, Development, and Evaluation of a Computational Media Framework to Support Ethological Exploration

This paper outlines Andrew Quitmeyer’s PhD work developing a design framework for interacting with wild creatures and biological field work. Digital Naturalist Design Guidelines: Theory, Investigation, Development, and Evaluation of a Computational… by Andrew Quitmeyer on Scribd AbstractThis research aims to develop and evaluate a design framework for creating digital devices that support the exploration …

Hiking Hacks: Workshop Model for Exploring Wilderness Interaction Design (DIS 2018)

During our Digital Naturalism Conference, I will actually have to go full-on meta-conference  and present my research about the workshop model for Hiking Hacks at DIS 2018 http://dis2018.org/111-sessions-tuesday.html Here is a full “pre-print” downloadable copy of the paper i will present DIS_Hikinghacks_Revised_Final_PREPRINT   Hiking Hacks: Workshop Model for Exploring Wilderness Interaction Design (Preprint) – Andrew …