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Prospect of death

A digitized new-interpretation of the urn and heirloom for the digital and always-connected generations nowadays.

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine the end-of-life experience?

The rituals around death and burial differ in every culture or contemporary history. The generation "digital natives" is growing up at the moment. A life surrounded by internet, social media and constant interaction. So how will their end of life look like? The aim of my project is to combine all relevant aspects to create a temporary suitable product. A product that ensures a respectful and at the same time visionary handling with death.

The rituals around death and burial differ in every culture or contemporary history. The generation "digital natives" is growing up at the moment. A life surrounded by internet, social media and constant interaction. So how will their end of life look like? The aim of my project was to combine all relevant aspects to create a temporary suitable product. A product that ensures a respectful and at the same time visionary handling with that topic. The result is a digitized new-interpretation of the urn and heirloom.  Urn an heirloom are made of casted (urn) and 3D printed (heirloom) Bronze.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

I questioned myself: which heritage, in concerns of information, do I want to leave and share after death?
Under the circumstances that you would definitely die at the end of the week. Experiment: I would ask people to highlight the informations of their daily life, which are they willing to share after death; maybe it's necessary to distinguish between the addressees, e.g. family, friends, wider friends i haven't thought of?

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

The feedback on the design, on the handling and on the expected features of the device itself are main drivers. An unfiltered an uncensored input from a community of creative and multidisciplinary people.

Tell us about your work experience:

I'm a 26 years old industrial design student at the academy of fine arts in Stuttgart, Germany.

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I like the design: very modern and sleek. I can't access the video, unfortunately. I will try again later. But, what materials would the modern urn be made from?

Photo of Markus Emm
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Hey Kate, thanks for your feedback. Maybe the direct video link works:    https://vimeo.com/164000643

The material for the urn is casted bronze, the heirloom are 3D-printed bronze parts. More informations why i used this material you can find in the video.

Photo of Kate Rushton
Team

The video is great! It would be interesting to know more about the tech and expected costs of the urn and the amulet. 

Photo of Markus Emm
Team

Thank you very much!
Yes, it would be interesting to know that. I hope for some expertise for answering that question from the community here.

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