The final concept

Our system helps connect the dots between playful, learning, interactive and pleasurable while achieving the aim of having the kids eat nutritious food both by ‘motivation’ and ‘deception.’ Mapping fruits to the shapes gives the liberty to the child to control the amount of each fruit and creatively build something which gets printed. This would motivate them to eat the food because it’s them who have created it. Additionally, he might also include those 3D shapes corresponding to the fruits he doesn’t like.

The images describes the entire system consisting of the 3D printer, the tangible blocks and the mobile application. It also identifies the input-output mechanism and builds on a successful story of an elated kid, exhilarated with his delicious cuisine.

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Interesting Use cases!

Edible 3D printing is a potential game-changer for the food production industry. This innovation has the capability to demolish the limitations of creative food aesthetics, meet custom dietary needs, and explore new flavors.

Endless possibilities of 3D printed food –

  1. Elderly care( dysphagia) – problems in swallowing their food. The 3D printer can create easily digestible food, which not only maintains the shape and taste of the real thing, but can also be fortified with specific nutrients.
  2. Autistic kids – Going by the problem definition, the autistic kids can be a core class of people who are in need of such a devise as they might not be able to communicate their  needs to the people in charge.
  3. Building interactive board games as an input mechanism to 3D printer – We brainstormed on a variety of board/ digital and tangible games to enhance the experience of  playful and useful interactive mechanism, also investigating into the learnability of the children playing that game.
  4. Building a pleasant dining experience – An interactive environment wherein everything on the menu in a restaurant is 3D printed on your own table and presented to you fresh.
  5. Collaborative cooking –  It can create an interesting cooking environment wherein people share their recipes of 3-d printer through cloud and internet.
  6. Smart home automation – It includes using IoT and to be able to remotely control the printer and take care of the kids at home by cooking them delicious food.
  7. Tangible Interactions- Using different modalities and tangible interaction techniques for the input and output of the printer system.

We were also very keen on on the clay dough as the input system to the printer for creating different shapes but our counter arguments of color mapping of the paste and the clay and the inaccuracy of the forms made out of clay made us rule out this option.

The Designer’s mental model

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What is the our conceptualization of the envisioned system? What the system is, how it is organized, what it does, and how it works.

We came up with conceptual designs. Now that we have done your Literature and Desktop Research and analysis, requirements, and modeling, as well as our ideation and sketching, we were ready to come up with conceptual designs. We came up with Metaphors in the ecological, interactive and emotional perspective.

What is organic food?

To rightly approach the task of designing creative interface and experience of printing organic foodstuffs like fruit and vegetables, there was a need to understand the basic definition of organic food.

What is organic food?

In D­ecember 2000, the National Organic Standards Board of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) established a national standard for the term “organic.” Organic food, defined by how it cannot be made rather than how it can be made, must be produced without the use of sewer-sludge fertilizers, most synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, genetic engineering  growth hormones, irradiation and antibiotics. A variety of agricultural products can be produced organically, including produce, grains, meat, dairy, eggs, and processed food products.

What is the difference between natural food and organic food?

“Organic” does not mean “natural.” There is no legal definition as to what constitutes a “natural” food. However, the food industry uses the term “natural” to indicate that a food has been minimally processed and is preservative-free. Natural foods can include organic foods, but not all natural foods are organic.

Organic labeling :

  • 100% Organic(USDA Seal)
    All ingredients except water and salt must be organically grown
  • Organic (USDA Seal)
    At least 95% of the ingredients must be organic, (water and salt excluded)
    Cannot contain sulfites
    No more than 5% ingredients can be non-organic
  • Made With Organic Ingredients (Can’t Use USDA Seal)
    70% ingredients must be organic (water and salt excluded)
    No sulfites
    No more than 30% ingredients non-organic

Source : Wikipedia and How stuff works.

3D printing, Entering into our world!

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3D printing is one of the biggest buzzwords of the decade.It started off with 3D printed materials such as plastics, ceramics and metals, and has now evolved into foods like pizza, chocolate and lasagna. Edible 3D printing is booming, and along with it comes a surge of innovative ideas for design, taste, materials and uses that have the potential to revolutionize the culinary arts. This is no longer a distant dream for sci-fi enthusiasts and forward-thinking chefs—it’s here. The exciting thing about 3D printing is that you can just print anything.