In this paper, we describe “The Other Brother”, a semiautonomous
device that captures images and video of
spontaneous moments in the course of everyday life. It was
our goal to design a situated, tangible object for life-time
capturing purposes. In addition to describing the object and
our deployment findings, this paper also discusses the
design process and the goals we were aiming to achieve
through the design. This was an iterative process from
initial sketches, concepts and physical explorations towards
a final design and several prototypes. The final prototype
acts as an agent that behaves to some extent autonomously,
capturing spontaneous moments that enable people to reexperience
these moments in a playful way. Testing The
Other Brother in a domestic environment, we describe
several findings of the impact of the object in the home,
reflect on several design and interaction issues, and discuss
future directions for continuation of this research.