Memory Glasses –> TO remember OR TO forget

[idea update, 10/19]

For the “Device to Forget”, I started brainstorming by thinking that who/what to do the action of forgetting? S/He/It could be meother peopleanimalsmachines, and even time. And then when I researched for forgetting, I gradually came out of the idea to replace the one you want to forget with the new one, like hallucinating yourself, and that can apply to my memory glasses idea!

Originally, “Memory Glasses” is putting objects that represent daily highlights into the glass bottles, and also restoring sounds related to it digitally. But now, I’m thinking about changing it into a device also can help you forgetting something too!

So. For example, A tries to forget B(could be a person or an event).

  1. First of all, A collected all the stimuli that relate to B, and put them into the glass bottles. With each glass bottles, A records the related memories into each bottles.
  2. A puts the device in a public place. People come close, looking at each bottles and listening to the memories.
  3. People are asked to come out their own versions of stories with each bottles, and record them with the device.
  4. From time to time, A comes to the device and, looking at the familiar objects but hearing the unfamiliar memories.
  5. Gradually, A‘s original memories relating to the objects fade, and new memories bloom.


[Note] – Before A listening to the stories/new memories, the device might need a C to be a filter.




[documentation, 10/13]

So. Prototype #2. Prototype #1 is a lovely but cranky one. Due to the bad connection between the theoretical workable but awful functional design, I decided to make another version of it. After the office hour with Daniel Rozin, I realized the importance of stableness of this installation. For people to casually take up and put back, the connection of switches should be robust enough, e.g. jack head base.


But because of the gear testing of Automata, I kind of fell in love with steel wire, and I’m wondering if it’s possible to cooperate glass bottles with steel wires.



And here’s the test! Thanks to Andy’s suggestion, I change the method of reading the status of the switches. From one by one to multiplexing. Here’s a detailed description/tutorial of it. It looks simple, like “oh just buttons big deal~”, but took me so much fxxking time. That’s just reminded me again: “Nothing is simple.”



***Remember to use the 10K as pull-down resistors!!! The main reason that made me struggle whole night…. even I used other resistors but not 10k. GEEZ.

TRAF + Automata_Memory Glasses

It’s a cute but super finicky prototype. For TRAF class, I want to make a system that knows which bottle was picked up, and for how long, and for Automata class, I want to use solenoid to soundify the data that restored. The system worked but super unstable so I think it should be called as a failure but I learned a lot ‘ v ‘

The problem is the connection. Bottle is too light for pressing and closing the circuits with knots.




Sadly not enough time to test the solenoid, so here’s the test Zoe and me had in the class!

TRAF_a system to remember my dream

For my “a system for remembering”, I’m interested in building a process to remember my dream. For me, dream is magical and personal, and also difficult to trace once back to reality(= waking up). It’s like a super flexible and smooth eel, and all I want to do is collecting the slime traces that it leaves behind.

Below is my first draft for the design.

Being reminded –>

  • writing it down –> rip off the paper –> put it into jars to sort the dream
  • recording it w/ phone –> upload into dropbox using ifttt –> send mms for reminding to sort the dream



And here’s my second design to combine the idea of 1)reminding 2)without disturbing

dream clipper on the wall

And here’s the prototype! Yeeeeeeeee I’ll try it tonight!!!

[pic to add]


For my archive system for the class, which requires to be public, permanent and accessible, I have a digital version of it:, which integrating all the data I leave on digital media platforms through ifttt. So far, I hooked it up with Instagram, wordpress, Pinterest, and Vimeo. But I just felt it’s not interesting enough… I crave for something physically.


I started collected daily objects and sounds since 9/15, and ordered the glass bottles * 24, which were delivered last Friday(9/19) but I didn’t see it at all…

Really want it to happen as well as my remembering system for Dream. See if me telling myself “I can make it.” can make me memorize the things I have to do and thus I’ll be able to pull if off or not. :)))

Go go.