The memory project – 6 more interaction design briefs

Gavin Feeney


In the building trade, there are two main problems:

-Where is?

-Remember to do/get?

When asked one day by a worker ‘where is ‘x’?’ or being told ‘remember to get ‘y’?’ I decided on the concept I could develop to answer this brief. I am going to develop a product that logs these thoughts of the tradesman through voice recognition by picking up on the keywords such as where and remember. It will save the thoughts and when the worker goes to the DIY to get the products he can access the database of reminders of the day so far so no product is forgotten. 


Paul Connolly

Insurance company music equipment system

Working in a band involves more than plugging in and playing music. It involves organising how to get to and from shows, selecting what equipment is needed for that show specifically, appointing  someone to take care of the sound and visual aspect of the performance and one-hundred and one other things besides. At the end of the night, or indeed after a show at any hour of the day, bands have very little turnaround time to move their equipment to make way for the following band or to leave the venue.

Leaving equipment behind by accident is one of the main problems faced by a musician or group. This is often a heartbreaking, bank breaking, soul destroying affair where in 90% of cases a nefarious individual has already made off with your piece of equipment be it something as small as a set of drum sticks or as sentimental your prize 1963 Fender Stratocaster.

There should be a device put in place to remind a group to take all their equipment with them. This would contain a list of all the bands equipment as held by their insurance company and as such would greatly reduce the number of instrument thefts and bogus insurance claims from others. The product will form a contract between the musician and the insurance company.


Colleen Mc Mulkin

Travel In Comfort & Style

 Travelling can be exhausting, boring and claustrophobic. Journeys can be so long especially for those who travel everyday. Touchscreens could help to make travelling a better service, by focusing on buses, the outcome will be something fun and it will pass time better. It may make people more comfortable and at ease travelling. The touchscreen will enable passengers to view various things such as news channels, bus information (times) and other channels on the bus, they will be based at the back of every seat with a headset to go with it. For those who have no seat and have to stand on the bus, they will also have access to a headset hanging from a compartment on the roof with a mini screen. The touchscreen model will also let you watch dvd’s, so you can bring your own movies on the bus, or, you can choose from the movie list which will update itself every few weeks with the latest movies. It will be a free service once you’ve paid on the bus.


Andrea McLauchlan

Alzheimer’s visitor reminder

A lot of people suffer from Alzheimer’s, Dementia and short-term memory loss. This affects people of all ages around the world and there is no cure.

I want to design an item to aid the patient by helping remind them of who has visited the previous day and what they have done, this item can be used in the patients bedroom at home, or in hospital, or at a care home and if the patient is staying with friends and family can easily be dismantled and taken as well. This item will not cure the patient, but will stop them being as confused about their day-to-day tasks and remind them of family and friends!

David Kerr


Mnemosync is a system that has been put in place to help you remember to do things.  Even the best intentions can be powerless against a busy day!

The main feature of our system is a wristband.  This woven band has hundreds of state of the art low profile L.E.Ds,  a vibration unit and accelerometers. This allows for seamless communication of day to day activities when you’re in a position to do them best. 

The wristband allows the user to record “movement patterns” when doing various tasks such as; cycling, sitting in the office or sleeping.  These can then be uploaded to the Bio-Diary application via Bluetooth.

When accessing the Bio Diary on smart phones and via home computer you will be guided through an intuitive interface that allows you can set daily tasks to be appointed when you are in various states of movement such as, “Call Bob about the meeting when I‘m sitting in the office”.  Then next time your sitting in the office your wristband will tell you via vibration and scrolling messages that it’s time to phone Bob!

Through usage, the system learns more about you and when you do things.  Tasks that are time sensitive alert through several of the users movement syncs. Perhaps you’ve put off calling Bob. Mnemosync will remind you when you’re resting, watching TV or cleaning the house.

Ruth Thompson:


I depend on Memo boards/boxes/dairies to keep track of my “daily tasks.  The problem with these methods is that they are time consuming and space can become very cluttered with notes.  My aim is to make this process easier, easier to update, track and less time wasted in writing and looking through the paper notes. 

The solution is a digital touch screen timetable.  This system is made to display your “to do lists” in a more visual, rememberable way.