When more and more fast technology aim to take away time, slow technology try to provoke a different philosophy making time appear. Photobox is one of a design project try to practice this philosophy. It is a device which occasionally prints a randomly selects photo from the owner’s Flickr collection and attempts to be used in long period of time.
This device tries to raise reflections on how will digital photo collections be meaningfully experienced since they grow to such a size and scale and how will these archives be passed down.
Photobox use a more durable paper print in contrast to digital files to discuss the way of store memory. In addition, it use randomness to introduce an unfamiliar machine behavior, making surprise for owner to discover the pastime memory. Furthermore, the artifact use the non-technology look material: an old wooden chest, to be a contrast and also try to evoke a sense of the warm qualities. distance the prototype from a contemporary ‘technology’.
Photobox create a form that a user could ’live with’. It intends to be ambient displays, which did not demand attention from its owner. Also, use simple material, such as a antique box as appearance, and difficult from, unexpected and unusual way to the users, to make people reflect the meaningful of technology.
Little printer is another device that users can use app to print out the information of dairy life. Both Little printer and Photobox use print paper to contrast the digital from, give reflection on fast and huge digital data, and express it in aesthetic way, but they are different in the aspect of operation and slowness. Little printer require active participation to enact its function, while Photobox do not demand a conscious effort, and not even be controled by it's owner. Photobox prints much more infrequently than Little printer as well as it's last much more time to experience than the other. That is, Photobox bring out a rare experience of slowness in time that seldom be presented by normal technology device that even Little printer yet have this quality.