Distributed Kitchen Creativity

Thoughtful and Connected Environment

2010

What happens when kitchen appliances become connected? Kitchen appliances are dedicated appliances for planning, preparing, cooking, cleaning - the successful connected scenarios of the future are the ones that can further enhance this dedication. But what are they? Today most appliances work in isolation, while the users move between the appliances depending on where in the process or planning, storing, preparing and cleaning up they are. What happens when the appliances not only connect on-line but also connect to each other - can they better supports, or re-invents, the process? And how will these connected appliances behave - with more and larger screens? Cooking is a messy hands on affair, perhaps the interaction paradigm ought to be more tactile, ambient and natural?

In this project the students were asked to explore how a network of kitchen appliances can be designed to act as agents or facilitators for cooking creativity. Utilizing the fact that we have a large number of devices in the kitchen, the students investigated what is possible if these devices were connected in a ubiquitous system to enhance the process of cooking. They were tasked with thinking about how interactivity with individual products are manifested when they are connected to each other. 

They were also asked to consider non-screen-based interactions, and how the user can interact with each product in itself throughout the full experience of usage in the kitchen, and explore how to integrate information and functionality more naturally in the kitchen environment with a focus tangible interfaces and interactive surfaces.

To not lose the focus on the end-user the students were asked to consider the idea of thoughtfullness as in exploring scenarios that relates to users real life, and real cooking creativity whether is it about being creative in own heritage or in an explored one. How is the interactivity and creativeness in cooking related to the users local heritage and which for exploring new? How is it related to what s/he is really doing every day at home or only seldom at special occasions? How is the interactivity and creativity affected by co-creation of the family and friends?

 

Collaboration Partner:
Electrolux

Faculty:
Tara Mullaney and Niklas Andersson

External Tutor:
Mall Allpere 

Course Responsible:
Niklas Andersson

 

Parallel cuisines by Joakim Falck-Hansen

 

Flavor Play by Lauren Javor

 

Food Memories by Benjamin Lopez

 

More information and student projects available on the  course wiki.