MNEMO is a concept for a system that records changes in emotion and allows these moments to be recorded using a camera. The memory structure of the brain inspired the concept of the associated app in which shots are visualised.
„We are who we are because of what we learn and what we remember. The memory is the binding agent that holds together our cognitive lives. It gives our lives continuity.“
People try every day to capture unique and important moments in their lives. But we believe that the most important memories are the ones we don’t necessarily immediately perceive as memories. So how can we differentiate those unconscious moments from the consciously emotional moments of life? How can we reduce the number of images we consciously take so that we can enjoy the moments of the day?
The needs of the stakeholders and target group were ascertained during the design process. We also held interviews with experts in the fields of cognitive memory research, archiving, dementia research and photography. We found out that the human brain possesses a natural filter that is able to differentiate important from banal memories – this filter is our emotions. Emotional moments are more likely to be stored by our brain than moments of neutral experience. Every emotional change comes with a bodily reaction that can be clearly allocated. These physiological patterns can be measured using the pulse and heart rate and the conductivity and temperature of the skin.
Furthermore, all our memories are interconnected via a kind of network using three parameters: people, places and times. These natural factors are what we translated into a technical recording system.
MNEMO is a combination of hardware and software components. The concept combines findings from cognitive science, the formation of memory, and the shaping of interactions. It offers an innovative approach to documenting emotional moments and episodic experiences in a completely new way.
The hardware consists of a sensor armband connected wirelessly to a camera you can attach. As soon as the sensors in the armband detect a change in emotions, the camera records a three-second video. This cycle of time corresponds with the time it takes for the brain to process information. Other metadata such as location, date, and particular people who are nearby are also stored. If the user wishes to consciously take a photograph with the camera, they can detach the camera from its mount and press the button.
The associated software links the shots to a network and organises them according to time, place, person and emotion. Using an innovative three-axis navigation system, users can interact with the network and re-experience their memories. Images can also be defined as favourites and given tags.