Suppose a family lost their house and most of their earthly possessions in a flood, and the daughter's favorite teddy bear was destroyed. With the advent of laser scanning, 3D printing, and other customizable maker-type mediums, we could have a future where we would be able to recreate the daughter's exact teddy bear, giving her a small piece of comfort during this scary time. This technology could help children suffering from hospitals far from home, an elderly woman who lost her marriage ring of 35 years, etc. - with the objects we create, we could be giving back their memories as well. However, at what point is a recreated object a suitable replacement for the original? By getting an exact replica of the original priceless memory, does the new object take on the memories of the old, or does it simply stay a replica? This critical maker project takes the first step in provoking these questions.
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