The Eclipse is a family heirloom that creates a lasting digital legacy for future generations. Through data mining, it sources pictures, text, and digital memories and stores them in both a cloud base service and a localized product for the home. Insuring security and full ownership over our memories and data. Its AI acts as an archival assistant, working with each member of the family to organize and curate a meaningful story of their lives. The Eclipse ensures that our essence and memories are preserved, viewable and can be passed on so family and future generations can catch a glimpse into what life was really like for the people who came before them.
This project was done in collaboration with Samuel Griffiths
Photo Albums, Scrapbooks, DVD's, home videos, etc
- Physically takes up space
- Susceptible to natural disasters / No back up
- Takes time to create
Free and subscription Cloud based storage
- Lack of ownership of data
- Data is subject to monitoring and unauthorized use
- No back up
Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, WeChat, Twitter, etc.
- Public view = No authenticity
- Privacy and access
- Lack of ownership of data
- Unpredictable life span
Old phones, smart phones, laptops, hard drives.
- Planned obsolescence
- Purely utilitarian
- Passcode protection prevents conrtol of what can be shared
In summary, these current methods all possess these 7 pain points
Lack of Ownership
Lack of Accessibility
Lack of Assistance
Lack of Authenticity
Lack of Insurance
Lack of Presence
Lack of Sustainability
“After marriage is a time when you really start making solidified plans for your life. This would make a great wedding gift.
When I was younger, around leaving college I didn’t really have the money or foresight to really invest or think about these things. So hopefully this device could recover that time”
What features do they need?
"When I have a bunch of family or friends over I want a Screen Share feature, something that transfers to TV viewing."
What does it need to look like?
“Not so much a piece of technology but more of a piece of art”
Users want something sleek and slim that will memorialize and protect their memories. Young families and couples in serious relationships have pivotal milestones that they want documented for themselves and future generations.
The large presence serves to emphasize the gravitas of the Eclipse bowl. The eclipse bowl has weight, physically and sentimentally. It holds significance and your legacy; it is to be put back in a prominent place to be displayed. The gravity dish also serves as a charging dock for the Eclipse.
The bowl is a timeless object, familiar to the homes of all cultures. A bowl is something people gather around, it is filled, shared, passed on and has many stories to tell. The Eclipse bowl will tell the stories of you, your family, its origin, the legacies of those it is passed from.
The mini dick is an additional induction charge station for smaller spaces in the home.
Access for Future Generations
JoAnna accesses her profile through bio-metric recognition and is brought to her home screen.
Touching the family icon pops up options to view and explore her Family Tree or Family photos. Family photos is a chronological feed of photos, events, and live updates that family and extended family can share with each other. JoAnna selects Family Tree
In the family tree JoAnna can view the extent of her family. Seeing who came before and who she is related to. She can select a family member and view their shared profile. This access allows a glimpse into their bio, stories and any albums they are granted access to.
The photos icon allows Joanna to choose between viewing her orbit or stories. Stories are a collection of auto generated and editable slide shows that showcase her relationships, trips, and periods in her life. Joanna then selects orbit.
Here, Joanna can scroll through and view a photo stream of pictures and albums organized by year.
Joanna finds her favorite album: her son Liam's birthday. Here, she can look through photos, content, and explore related images and albums. JoAnna can edit and add content at any time. Here, she adds the tag Liam so she and her family can click to find other photos of Liam.