I wanted to build a device that could map out the users life. A device that quantifies moments and stores them for future viewing. I considered every memory to be a collection of record-able data that could be captured and recreated. I looked at precedents of devices that captured and recorded data on the daily. Police body cams have been a long existing technology that mainly functioned to build unbiased narratives of events, as is the case with car dash cams. The timeline feature on Google Maps also allows users to view every day movements and this data if compiled could generate data aiding in precise recollection of events. Memento is an autonomous wearable device that captures visuals, sounds, and real-time location data. It houses a camera, a gps tracker and a sound recorder. Memento takes a photo every 20 mins by default. Auto-capture intervals can be set as per users preference. It also captures a 5 second audio clip. This data is linked to live locations recorded via a gps tracker and is plotted onto a map. In this way, the device generates a summarized timeline of the user’s life and provides a spark of experiential associations that facilitates enhanced memory recollection and retention.
The Memento Gallery is meant to provide a clutter free collection of images that user’s can re-experience. Imagine opening up a picture, hearing a sound or recognizing a scent that takes you back to specific moments from your life. This uncomplicated interface enables user’s to journey back to days, weeks, months and years of their life, efficiently summarized into a consolidated database. User’s can choose how to experience every moment, they can return to a specific moment or search for a collection of experiences cataloged by locations, time or stimuli (visuals and sounds). An integrated search feature allows user’s to search for specific keywords associated with memories, as an example looking up “cinnamon” would yield results of every instance of cinnamon that was captured by the device. Using this database in this way enables user’s to strengthen their experiential associations with moments and greatly improves the recollection and retention of memories.
Studies have indicated that taking a photograph of a moment actually takes away from having an experiential recollection of that memory. In these moments the brain tends to ignore non visual stimuli, activating only the visual cortex in the brain. The device takes the user out of the picture and captures moments without bias, thereby enabling the user to better experience those moments in addition to providing a recorded quantified representation of that memory. The device seamlessly integrates into the user’s daily routine and provides a working solution to remembering their life better. Memento even captures moments that user’s would never capture otherwise.
An in-depth look at current social trends, issues that need addressing from the perspective of human memory recollection, the possibility of quantifying a memory and the process of assimilating research data to facilitate enhanced memory functions through unobtrusive design interventions.