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Imagining Future Technology of the Horse Industry and Equestrian Sports
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS).
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Equestrian sports are amongst the largest sports and leisure activities in Sweden. One of the major reasons for engaging with horses is the bond to the horse. Just recently technology has found its way into the horse industry which otherwise is a very traditional sport. This paper explores possible consequences technology may have in the future in the environment around horses and on the horse-rider relationship.

The exploration was done by combining auto-ethnographic research and a co-speculation workshop. The ideas that were gathered were then the starting point for the creation of a design fiction, in which the ideas were developed and explored. The design fiction also serves as an approachable way of mediating the consequences of technology to the equestrian community. The imagined technology for equestrian sports had both positive and negative impact on the sport and the relationship between horse and human.

Abstract [sv]

Ridsporten är en av Sveriges mest populära idrotter. En av de viktigaste anledningarna till att hålla på med hästar är relationen till hästen, enligt dess utövare. Nyligen har tekniken hittat in i ridsporten, som annars är en mycket traditionell sport, i form av sensorteknik, träningsappar och videoövervakning. Trots ridsportens utbredning, är tekniken eftersatt i förhållande till andra idrotter.

Detta arbete utforskar, analyserar och diskuterar möjliga konsekvenser som tekniken kan medföra i framtiden i miljön kring hästar, i ridsporten och på relationen mellan häst och ryttare. Studien utfördes genom att kombinera etnografiska metoder och en spekulativ workshop ihop med ryttare. Idéerna från dessa blev utgångspunkten för skapandet av en fiktiv tidning, i vilken idéerna vidareutvecklades och utforskades i sitt sammanhang. Den fiktiva tidningen fungerar även som ett sätt att förmedla studien och dess resultat till ridsportens utövare. Teknikens frammarsch i ridsporten kan tänkas ha både positiv och negativ inverkan på sporten och relationen mellan häst och ryttare.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 13
Series
TRITA-EECS-EX ; 2019:46
Keywords [en]
horsetech; equestrian sport; horse-human bond; animal-computer interaction; human-computer interaction; sports technology; design fiction;
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Computer and Information Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-258418OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-258418DiVA, id: diva2:1350011
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Available from: 2019-09-11 Created: 2019-09-10 Last updated: 2019-09-11Bibliographically approved

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