niklas muhs




fourth semester (2022)


andreas hess (supervision)


ux design award gold

"forest fires are becoming more widespread, burning nearly twice as much tree cover today as they did 20 years ago." - world resources institute

"the number and duration of droughts has increased by 29 percent since 2000, [...]" - united nations

"it’s estimated that over the next 10 years, an average of 100,000 trees will fall daily as a result of the bark beetle epidemic." - united states department of agriculture

discussions with foresters have shown that current pen and paper methods are hampering their ability to learn in the face of rapid climate change.


my initial results in creating a digital representation of a forest, in finding a technology that can assist in the forest. in exploring different ways to support forest work in the ways mentioned above, 3d scanning through lidar proved to be very efficient and integrable.

digital operational management, communication and data collection could already support the work of foresters in many ways.

data analysis of genetic adaptation and pattern recognition could make current research methods available to more foresters.

understanding complex relationships through ai could enable more sustainable and efficient interventions in the forest.


the sensor platform establishes a link for easy interaction with the forest.

the sensor can be used as a wearable, recording passively and working seamlessly with the environment through the interface.

the gimbal can extend the view of the device when used passively, while allowing compensation for unintentional movement when used actively.

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