Can emerging technologies enrich the experience of cooking and eating?
This project and accompanying 10,000 word report investigated the potential role of new technology in helping users to concentrate more on the areas of their relationship with food from which they derive the most pleasure: the sensual, emotional, creative and social.
It resulted in a concept design outcome – the Chefmate. The Chefmate is a tabletop device which helps people to cook new and memorised meals at home by interactively guiding users through recipes. Using a specially designed LLP system, the user can adopt their cook top or chopping board as a touch screen without the worry of it being damaged by food or liquids.
A working prototype with custom software and separate appearance model illustrated the concept at the Making Believe exhibition.