On contrary to modern appliances which set to be ‘always on, updating and available’, Photobox intends to be the opposite. Random photos from the user’s flickr gallery printed out at random time do exclude any intervention from the user; that is to say, the box works on its own to decide which and when to print, taking no account of user’s intention or preference. Moreover, all equipment associated with high technology is hidden in an antique writing box, which aims at reminding users of a ‘non-digital cherished thing’ to distinguish itself from so-called ‘contemporary technology’ not only by its self-independence but by its outlook as well. Also, in technology aspect, Photobox points out an intriguing fact that, having an urge to produce to a product that expected to react without delay, duration of time can only be set in the unit of millisecond in programming environment. This fact can be so trivial but just critical enough to provoke further discussion and reflection.
Despite on the same call of making digital photo material, little printer is not quite the same. Instead of preserving photos as collection, little printer does it more to be image consumption. In contrary to Photobox, little printer needs user’s active intervention. It allows user to select what and when to print via virtual and physical interface; then all selected information inclusive of photos and texts are printed out by a thermal printer, whose print is less durable than what the Photobox produces. Besides, unlike the antique outlook of the Photobox, little printer tends to announce itself as a modern device or appliance with a definitely modern outlook with clean line of minimalism.