The Memory Machine is an ambitious project that aims to develop a device to capture people's memories to create a blend of personal and factual data that builds identities, and contextualizes personal recollections. The Memory Machine has been guided by co-production and user-centred design principles to ensure users' input has a critical role in the development of the technology. Through a series of creative workshops, we facilitated participants to discuss and represent their perceptions of memory making and recollection, towards the design of the Memory Machine. This paper investigates how a creative, participatory process enabled technical topics to be explored together, as well as enabling the participants to address more challenging issues of memory; such as painful memories, memory loss, and memories at end-of-life, with a particular focus on dementia, to inform the future design of the Memory Machine.
Price, D., Jacobs, R., Darzentas, D., Perez Vallejos, E., Chadborn, N., Martindale, S., & Urquhart, L. (2019). MeMa: Designing the Memory Machine. In Companion Publication of the 2019 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2019 Companion, 271--276. doi:10.1145/3301019.3323882