‘the total recall agent’ by shohei nakamura, moon hwan lee and oung wook jung

‘the total recall agent’ by shohei nakamura, moon hwan lee, and oung wook jung from south korea and japan is one of seven entries that received the ‘judge’s special award’ among over 3000 participants from our recent designboom competition ‘a life with future computing‘ organized in collaboration with FUJITSU and DA – design association japan.

designers’ own words: the target user of the ‘total recall agent’ seed, is someone who wants to memorize previous experiences, particularly in the case of travelers who want to hold onto vivid memories about their experiences and show them to close friends and family. the device acts as a ‘travel agent’ in the shape of a flying balloon that records one’s activities while on vacation, using computer technology to share these travel experiences with others. the ‘seed’ focuses on the way of recording and sharing precious memories as vivid as possible. its services provide three values: sharing, remembering and guiding.

'the total recall agent'   FUJITSU judge's special award ‘sync experience’ – the first value

the first value is fulfilled with ‘sync experience’ service. this service helps users who want to share their experience with someone else. by using ‘sync experience’, those people who are not in the trip can access the service and feel just as if they are in the same destination with their friends. if the user of ‘seed’ transfers and shares the experience, the data of it is delivered to friends via the ‘sync experience’ service. this co-experience in distant places will enhance social interaction among users.

'the total recall agent'   FUJITSU judge's special award ‘total recall’ – the second value

the second value is remembering, which is performed through the ‘total recall’ service. people forget past experiences, but want a way to keep them have them last a long time. ‘total recall’ is for keeping a precious experience by recording an entire atmosphere for fresh memory. ‘seed’ records sights, smells, sounds, moods etc. and users can flash back recorded data with it, which helps them recall their experience easily. thus, users can play recorded experience with the ‘total recall’ service after the user comes back from a trip.

'the total recall agent'   FUJITSU judge's special award ‘travel agent’ – the third value

the third value is about guiding users. ‘seed’ is an intelligent flying agent that provides information during a trip it supports user’s travels by navigating and giving information about tourist’s attractions from a database. it will function as a personal guide and help users travel more easily. 

demonstrating the use of ‘the total recall agent’ seed

'the total recall agent'   FUJITSU judge's special award jury members (from left to right): ross lovegrove, birgit lohmann of designboom, gwenael nicolas (curiosity), toshiyuki inoko, ma yansong (MAD architects) and nobuo otani, corporate senior vice resident Fujitsu, kimitaka kato, Fujitsu design president (without photo).

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