Towards materials for computational heirlooms: Blockchains and wristwatches
Paper in proceeding, 2018

This paper explores the contrasting notions of "permanance and disposability," "the digital and the physical," and "symbolism and function" in the context of interaction design. Drawing from diverse streams of knowledge, we describe a novel design direction for enduring computational heirlooms based on the marriage of decentralized, trustless software and durable mobile hardware. To justify this concept, we review prior research; attempt to redefine the notion of "material;" propose blockchain-based software as a particular digital material to serve as a substrate for computational heirlooms; and argue for the use of mobile artifacts, informed in terms of their materials and formgiving practices by mechanical wristwatches, as its physical embodiment and functional counterpart. This integration is meant to enable mobile and ubiquitous interactive systems for the storing, experiencing, and exchanging value throughout multiple human lifetimes; showcasing the feats of computational sciences and crafts; and enabling novel user experiences.


Symbolic value


Cryptographic key management


Heirloom computing






Mehmet Aydin Baytas

Koç University

Aykut Coşkun

Koç University

A.E. Yantaç

Koç University

Morten Fjeld

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Interaction design

DIS 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference


2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference, DIS 2018
Hong Kong, Hong Kong,

Subject Categories

Media and Communication Technology

Interaction Technologies

Human Aspects of ICT



More information

Latest update

1/7/2019 1