MEMENTO: a digital-physical scrapbook for memory sharing

David West, Aaron Quigley, Judy Kay

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The act of reminiscence is an important element of many interpersonal activities, especially for elders where the therapeutic benefits are well understood. Individuals typically use various objects as memory aids in the act of recalling, sharing and reviewing their memories of life experiences. Through a preliminary user study with elders using a cultural probe, we identified that a common memory aid is a photo album or scrapbook in which items are collected and preserved. In this article, we present and discuss a novel interface to our MEMENTO system that can support the creation of scrapbooks that are both digital and physical in form. We then provide an overview of the user's view of MEMENTO and a brief description of its multi-agent architecture. We report on a series of exploratory user studies in which we evaluate the effect and performance of MEMENTO and its suitability in supporting memory sharing and dissemination with physical-digital scrapbooks. Taking account of the current technical limitations of MEMENTO, our results show a general approval and suitability of our system as an appropriate interaction scheme for the creation of physical-digital items such as scrapbooks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-328
Number of pages16
JournalPersonal and Ubiquitous Computing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Physical interfaces
  • Mixed-media environments
  • Tangible user interfaces
  • Pen and paper user interfaces
  • Memory sharing
  • Reminiscence
  • Story telling


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