We are who we are because of our experiences. Sometimes these experiences crystallize themselves in the form of objects that trigger our memories. A memory can give an object life– a soul– of its own, taking on a meaning beyond its physical form. Today, more and more triggers for memories are digitized: whether through a Facebook album or a Snapstory, there is an unlimited sea of digital memories now online.
With this project we hoped to bring the stories objects can tell to life using sensors for input; arduinos to process the data and a resulting output that leverages at least one of the user’s five senses. Students were asked to take an object that they could link to a personal story or memory and design a user experience to tell this story.
Together with Shehzil Malik, a designer form Beaconhouse National University I taught this course of electronics for designers over the course of three weeks.