【PhotoBox vs. Little Printer】
People have been living in a world seeking for speed and efficiency after Industrial Revolution bursted out on 18th century. The development of technology, however, also makes people lose the opportunities to think about some important things in life. Slow Technology, aimed at reflection and presence of time for mental rest rather than functionality, comes with the tide. Take “PhotoBox” as an example.
Connecting to owner’s flickr account, PhotoBox prints out small images randomly fetched from online albums roughly every month. With the unexpected recreation, people are capable to reminisce those valuable moments, which might incautiously fade away from mind. PhotoBox, therefore, is more like an ambient soulmate rather than a gossip girl always chirping around you.
In contrast, “Little Printer” plays a role in publishing news. After people set up the subscription of news, friends’ blogs or something they care about, the Little Printer gathers messages through Internet. As long as user presses the button on their smartphone, this adorable anchor reports by printing out timely, beautiful miniature newspaper.
To compare the two examples above, they have similar paper output form but different mechanisms of reflecting. The primary difference lies in the expression. To name a few, in material, one is wood and the other is plastic; in content, one is image and the other is context; in color, one is vivid and the other is greyscale.
Nevertheless, ‘Slowness’ is the key factor arousing the presence of time for mental rest. Little Printer offers a handy and pleasant way for people to absorb information, but the instant reaction does not make room for reflection, which is the most vital in Slow Technology.