2 Stage - Concept Development
My concept is based in the fact that the smell plays an important role as gatherer of people during a recipe preparation.
For the second stage of the Design Lab, I decided to incorporate new technologies that make the preparation process simpler and more playful. The bowl will keep its malleable characteristic to facilitate the disposal of the liquid or dough, allowing the user to shape the bowl through his/her own hands. A smart capability has been added to the base with several versatile uses. The base allows the bowl to spin mechanically. It also connects to your mobile (or any other device), where you can choose or store new recipes. The display will then show you the right quantity of each ingredient to be added to the process. The bowl itself is surrounded by a flexible LED net, which will light up to show you need to fill it with the ingredient, and gradually turn off as you add the right amount. For the visually impaired, the bowl may also be voice activated and vibrate slightly to show you have reached the desired amount.
The base can also serve as a timer (integrated with your cellphone to allow greater mobility) and an oven thermometer, so that it assists with all the stages of the preparation.
Taking into consideration the social aspect of how people feel instigated to gather and be together through the compelling smell of a food or desert being prepared, I decided to expand that into a broader aspect. Each bowl will come with a unique code associated to its utilization. When shared with friends, they can register their own devices with your bowl. When the bowl is being used, your friends will then receive a message of what’s being prepared and even what other foods/beverages go with that recipe so that they can come over and be part of that tasting. The smart base can be attached to other bowls with different sizes, to allow simultaneous preparations of sauces, icings, egg whites whisking, or whatever the recipe demands.