Matchstick memories- I'm just a simple caveman usability analyst....
By Eddie LopezEddie_Lopez. Monday, April 20, 2009 3:10:17 PM
...I fell on some ice and later got thawed out by some of your scientists. Your world frightens and confuses me! Sometimes when I get a message on my cellular telephone machine, I wonder: "Did little demons get inside and type it?" I don't know! My primitive mind can't grasp these concepts. But what I DO know is Matchstick Memories doesn't seem like the best solution to address your concern(s), MIT students:
Although modern ease of access to technology enables many of us to obsessively document our lives, much of the captured digital content is often disregarded and forgotten on storage devices, with no concerns of cost or decay. Can we design technology that helps people better appreciate captured memories? What would people do if they only had one more chance to relive past memories? In this paper, we present a prototype design, PY-ROM, a matchstick-like video recording and storage device that burns itself away after being used. This encourages designers to consider lifecycles and human-computer relationships by integrating physical properties into digitally augmenting everyday objects.
Assuming (a big assumption) that we're okay with literally burning a camera and storage device away (costs will go down that much in time?), fundamentally- I think precious moments that we're supposed to savor, appreciate and cherish- we're going to miss because we're busy watching a flame moving towards our fingertips and keeping it lit. But the biggest "fail" I've thought of comes from when you want to capture a memory outside- every match I've ever used outside in the slightest breeze required me to "cup" around it to block out the wind. Unfortunately, in this case, that would require you to block out the camera as well.
I can't believe I'm really thinking this far through the process. Oh well, as I mentioned, I'm not an MIT student, I'm just a simple caveman usability analyst.
"Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer" is the source of the caveman jokes. I miss you Phil Hartman