Describe what your interface does in 2 sentences or less.
The future fridge allows users to track food in their fridge so they can remember to eat something before it spoils or throw it out when it’s no longer good to eat. It also keeps track of whom the food belongs to, recipes that can be made from food on hand, and auto order frequent items.
Who would use your interface?
I would so use it! But other myself, people who have difficulty keeping track of how long food has been sitting in the fridge and want to get rid of bad food before it molds and stinks. Basically people who want a better management system for their fridge foods.
What would they hope to gain?
They would hope to gain more control and accessibility to food safety and organization.
What is the context/environment in which people will use your interface? Would it be used in public/private? Alone or in groups?
Well originally my idea was to have this in homes, specifically ones that have more than one adult using the fridge at any one time (like roommates) but this could definitely be useful in a larger restaurant situation as well.
What sorts of physical items might a user have to interact with?
Well users would have to interact with the physical food items, but of course they would also have to use a fridge interface that uses a smartphone support interface. For the Take-Out Tracker, RFID chips to tell what’s in the containers, who it belongs to and dates.
What questions do you need answered about your interface to see if it is necessary or effective?
What features would be the most useful to people (the 80/20 rule)? Are there any redundancies? What kind of information system would make it easiest for people to remember to manage their expired food (or consume it before it expires), alerts, countdowns, etc?