Abstract

The increasing number of systems that can collect personal data leads individuals to store these memories uncontrollably and unsustainably over time. For example, the archiving of digital images is a problem not only because of the amount of pictures but also because of the extended life of digital memory such as hard drives or USB memory. The need to return to tangible and sustainable data to store and view these precious moments becomes an issue. The Arnano technology is an answer to these difficulties. Thanks to nano engraving information on sapphire disk, data can be backed up and secured for thousands of years. However, the recurring problem when developing innovative technologies is not to integrate this technology the daily users, but rather to first understand the uses and co-develop innovative solutions with the users. The purpose of this study is to present the process leading from a technology to a user prototype. Following creativity sessions and focus groups, the symbolic meaning and the physical realization of this technology was dissociated to produce different concepts. Finally a ring was chosen as the best compromise even though it fails to resolve all the questions raised by the technology.

Keywords:

Autobiographic Memory, Nanotechnology, Ring Design, Creativity, Prototyping

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Jun 16th, 12:00 AM

SOURCE, a Case Study for the Design of Precious Moments' Memory

The increasing number of systems that can collect personal data leads individuals to store these memories uncontrollably and unsustainably over time. For example, the archiving of digital images is a problem not only because of the amount of pictures but also because of the extended life of digital memory such as hard drives or USB memory. The need to return to tangible and sustainable data to store and view these precious moments becomes an issue. The Arnano technology is an answer to these difficulties. Thanks to nano engraving information on sapphire disk, data can be backed up and secured for thousands of years. However, the recurring problem when developing innovative technologies is not to integrate this technology the daily users, but rather to first understand the uses and co-develop innovative solutions with the users. The purpose of this study is to present the process leading from a technology to a user prototype. Following creativity sessions and focus groups, the symbolic meaning and the physical realization of this technology was dissociated to produce different concepts. Finally a ring was chosen as the best compromise even though it fails to resolve all the questions raised by the technology.

 

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