Memory Storage

Memory Decanter by Joshua Barnes

I recently wrote an article about the boiling mug design by James who is a 3rd year design student at Brighton University and I was interested to know the thinking behind the students designs for the annual competition held by the Future Perfect Company.

I was sent the details regarding the Memory Decanter pictured above.

Joshua’s Memory Decanter is a decanter that provides access to a person’s digital archive. By scanning the QR codes that have been laser etched into the crystal decanter, the reader is then linked into an on line data storage website created by the decanter’s original owner.

Joshua explains : “This product addresses the issues of what we are meant to do with the huge amount of digital memories we build up over our life-times and how they can be passed on for future generations to access. The inspiration behind this project was looking at how objects and people are often associated with one another. I wanted utilize available technology such that an object could be associated with someone in its physical sense, while also having the ability to provide access to a digital memory bank.

I chose the form of a decanter, as it is an object that is strongly associated with heritage and celebration. The Memory Decanter (full of its original owners favorite drink) would be used by future generations to stimulate conversation about the person whose digital memories it holds, while everyone enjoys a fine glass of booze.”



Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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