In my final year of University, I was given a live brief from Microsoft with the title of ‘Making Data Useful’. We were tasked to explore how ‘big data’ and a vast array of unused sensors might be used in a meaningful way: ‘how can data allow us to understand the past, present and the future?’
Working alongside a product designer, Living Memory is our answer to this brief. Through a mobile app, makers can leave their legacy in the objects that they create. Our project was ultimately hand-picked by Microsoft Research Liaisons and we were flown over to Redmond in the US to present our product alongside 8 other countries at the annual Microsoft Expo.
Through sketching, I explored how users would retrieve this data on their phones and my partner explored how sensors might be physically manifested in the objects that the maker’s would create. The solution was that users could scan an RFID tag and receive data through the cloud to their phone. This would be data such as an item’s digital signature, repair tutorials and information on similar objects from the same maker.