Auxilium Presentation

Here is the final presentation for college… ever… or at least the foreseeable future.

A sidenote: I hope this smart stove is created soon because I really want more people to cook in my life… other than me.

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The Helper Stovetop Interface Prototype

I tried to create a prototype on my own stove to see how the layout of pieces would work and for my partner to give it a go. I used my eraser board to show where the temp controls will go and used my ipad to display where the instructional interactive screen will be… laugh away.

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From this mockup my lab rat was able to get the gist of this prototype. The user concluded that they would definitely cook more meals with this “smart stovetop” that guides them on how to prepare meals and to use the correct temperatures. this interface is a “helper”, not a Jetson’s “It cooks everything for you” contraption. Cooking is fun and the kitchen is the hub of the home where everyone seems to gravitate to when people are over (even in my tiny kitchen, everyone hangs out there!).

The “Helper” is there to support the cook, whether they are a newbie or the professional who wants to branch out to other food cultures. It guides the user in setting stovetop and stove temperatures of meats, grains and veggies. The user types in on the interface what they are cooking, how much of it, thickness of meat or non-meats (stove can judge weight). The interface can connect with your phone for when you are cooking stews or baking in the oven; it will keep you up to date on the time and temp of meats cooking. The stovetop has auto “boil-over” shutoff. The stovetop is equipped for you to put your cooking pots and pans anywhere on the top and the metal will read and heat up ONLY where the pan is. The middle interface is how you set the induction temp and set which pan goes with which heated spot (#1, #2…), and you can set auto shut off or auto turn down temps on a timer.

Here is an awesome photoshop mockup…

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Hopefully this gives you a better idea of what it entails.

 

P3: Experience prototyping questionnaire

  • Describe what your interface does in 2 sentences or less.

Smart Stove assists the user in cooking their food to their desired or proper temperature and texture. It can also connect to their phone for added management and communication.

  • Who would use your interface?

Adults, teens, adult couples, elderly people or assisted living homes

  • What would they hope to gain?

Assistance in properly cooking meals to the correct temp or consistency.

  • What is the context/environment in which people will use your interface? Would it be used in public/private? Alone or in groups?

It will be used in a home environment, in the kitchen. It can be used alone and in group settings (fondue, heated cider, pot luck)

  • What sorts of physical items might a user have to interact with?

A touch screen interface to the left of the cooking elements on the stovetop.

  • What questions do you need answered about your interface to see if it is necessary or effective?

1. Would someone who doesn’t feel confident in cooking use this interface?

2. Is this something that would alleviate some of the stress of cooking for a dinner party?

Smart Stove Storyboards

I am thinking about starting with showing “Dad” placing a plate of a burnt steak on the table and the kids are groaning. Then show a bowl of over cooked broccoli on the table and the “wife” is all “Ohh… good job” in a sweet voice. And then comes the bowl of soggy rice and the man’s Mom says “Oh, you were always such a great cook” while the father looks unhappy slowly shaking his head “no”. Then a shot of the stovetop cooking a beautiful salmon steak, then it being served on a plate. Then another shot of the stovetop with  a personalized message about the food cooking.

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Smart Stove Concept Board

Here are some of the tasks the “Smart Stovetop” will be able to assist someone with:

-proper/desired  temp of cooking meats

-desired consistency of grains

-treatment of vegetables (saute, steam?)

-connects with phone app for control of oven and stovetop temperatures

-temp-controled surface, only heats to where a metal pan meets the surface

… and more to come

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