Future Kitchen – Social Connection

Interface and Interaction Design – A Prototype

Of all the rooms in our houses, the kitchen is the center of activity, comfort, energy and creativity. We all know that the world changes quickly, as our environments und habits change. Because of that the kitchen will evolve drastically. More people will move into cities, and our living spaces will become smaller, including the future kitchen. Natural resources will become more scarce and food more expensive. Near-instant grocery delivery will alter how we shop food, and technology will be integrated in every part of our homes. What will the kitchen of the future look like and what will it feel like to socialize there? For the concept of “social connection” it is important to analyze how we will spend time together when no one has time to cook and how can we interact with each other in a simple and playful way. Food becomes more expensive and many edible foods are thrown into the bin today. “Social connection” suggests possible solutions to problems like these.

The course “Digital interaction concepts for the connected kitchen of the future“ is a student project organized by the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in cooperation with “BSH Hausgeräte GmbH”. There were five groups working on different topics based on the main theme the future kitchen. A group out of four students had to create a product proposal for an innovative, digital interaction concept. In this case the product proposal deals with the topic “social connection” and consists of product ideas, user interactions, user interfaces and it also combines realistic and virtual prototypes. The students were investigating the pains and gains of different target groups and they created varied personas. Next steps included creating several storyboards and writing a script for the final story. The conclusion was presented in form of a small play. It was important to show the main ideas of the concept clearly in about 5 minutes.

Emma is the main protagonist of the story. She and her family are living together. Her daily struggles include cooking the right thing to satisfy everyone’s needs. Additionally, she may not have all ingredients for her recipe available. Furthermore, she has to coordinate the cooking process on her own and that costs time.

The suggestion of “social connection” makes digital and interactive solutions for the future kitchen and clarifies how Emma can be less stressed, saves time and gets some digital help and motivated support from other family members.

If you want to learn more about our project and about social connection in kitchen, feel free to contact me and I will send you our abstract.

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