Proposal for reverse-engineered Music Memory box

Title: Music Memory box


Field of study: product design, physical computing, social object, psychology


Context: The artist imagined a music box that invites dementia sufferers to hold familiar objects, which activate songs,and magically stir inaccessible memories.


It is mainly focused on the idea of the communal music memory box, for groups of people in care homes, day centres and memory cafes. In the communal music memory box, each person is one object. In a time where people can be confused about who they, where they are, who is around them, it is great for a familiar piece of music and a familiar object to ground them once again.


Rationale : for people with dementia It will help them to make it possible for them to remind of something.


Methodology: The Music Memory Box 1.0, is a bespoke box made from London Plane wood, that contains hand made trinkets in ceramic, gilding metal, silver, and various types of wood. Embedded inside these trinkets are RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags. These objects when put in the centre of the box, set off individual pieces of music.


Predicted resolutions:

box object with arduino programme and small object with card like RFID.

With the box, the user also gets three swipe cards. + : When this is swiped the box speaks the instructions to add the new object to the box. – :When this is swiped the box speaks the instructions to remove the object from the box and a SHUTDOWN card, to shutdown the box.

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