This was another of my final year University projects. I had become interested in the theme of how we store our digital memories. Simultaneously I had also started playing around with augmented reality technologies. The Sundial Bench works by casting shadows onto the ground that surrounds it. Using an image recognition app people could record digital stories/memories and train their smart device to associate the recording with the particular shadows cast on the ground. Due to how the sun is constantly appearing to change it's flight path across the sky throughout the year, every shadow the bench makes is unique and will only re emerge once a year. Hence if one were to scan a shadow on the ground using their own smart device, the digital memory they augment would have been left by a person at that exact same time a year ago. Uniquely connecting these two people in time and space. Tripy! I also enjoyed the notion of how the accessibility to a digital memory is dependant on a physical cycle. And what could be more epic than that of the Sun's orbit around the Earth!
The bench also acted as a fully functioning sundial, and can be used to tell the time. The 'gnomon' that casts the shadow is the armrest in the middle of the bench.
It was featured on WIRED.com. You can view the article here.