Every now and then, a concept design comes along that strikes us as both high tech and high touch. The Remember Project, a solar-powered video journal/memory box by designer Ian Duffy of San Francisco, is such a design.
This project was originally commissioned when Swiss Epfl-Ecal Lab–developers of a dye printed solar cell technology–hosted a workshop for design students called “Sunny Memories,” focused on developing inspirational applications for their tech. Duffy’s response was The Remember Project, a little mahogany jewelry-box perfect for storing keepsakes. When opened in sunshine, the dye synthesized solar cells that line the lid of the box power a small video camera, which then records the image of the person speaking in a kind of video journal.
It’s not clear here exactly how the video files created by the box are later accessed–perhaps version 2.0 projects an Obi-Wan-style hologram as well?–but suffice to say, this concept design represents a unique intersection of the timeless human impulse towards posterity and futuristic tech.