Solar Powered Video Journal Very Cool

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.

Remember Project solar journal

image via Ian Duffy

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.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.