Tech products are most valuable when they are very new and it's not designed to be heirlooms that the users inherit the objects from generations to generations.
The deteriorations of circuit materials, sensors, motors make them obsolete and the standards change quickly. Business models cannot afford longer warranties for inexpensive gadgets and investors look at the product life cycles.
In the face of these complicated constrains, designers often chose materials cannot age beautifully.
The purpose is often though their profit that if wear and tear make the objects look bad, they can sell more units.
Billions of hardware designers man-hours have created world of hazardous trash.
In addition, Internet of Things ideas claim that we will have more electronics in our everyday objects. The new items will create a lot data but the data is not used for enhancing our physical experiences in a day-to-day space.
What can we propose for our future of hardware design?
I started my project, Future Antique in Digital Age in my thesis semester at ITP and created the first prototype called Future Antique Chandelier in Digital Age.
The chandelier ages, constructs patterns as the users use it and
The oxidation mechanism by electro chemistry also gives active and organic environment for the users.