The Intelligent spoon

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Connie Cheng and Leonardo Bonanni’s Intelligent spoon – “This project aims to introduce computing into traditional culinary utensils. It seeks to provide information, in an integrated manner, about any food the spoon is in contact with, and to offer suggestions to improve the food. The spoon is equipped with sensors that measure temperature, acidity, salinity, and viscosity, and is connected to a computer via a cable. The sensors evaluate the different properties of the food, and send them to the computer for further processing. Apart from consolidating measurements that are normally done by an array of equipments into a single spoon, the information obtained can be used to advise the users what their next step should be; for example, it tells the user if there is not enough salt in the brine prepared to make pickles.” [via] – Link.

12 thoughts on “The Intelligent spoon

  1. oh, for the love of god – what is the world coming to? is this what the world needs? a smart SPOON? is this going to be bundled with the OLPC so that people in developing nations can get their mashed tuber paste recipe just right? am i the only person profoundly vexed and befuddled by the utter absurdity of contraptions like this?

    am i?

    hello?

  2. i think projects like this will lead to advances in food and medical care. imagine a needle that did tests as it was used, or a straw that tested the water before you drank it… i don’t think (this) student project is the end all of what a smart spoon could eventually be, or what the tech could be used in…

    there is a lot of absurdity in new ideas, but i think that’s where some amazing ideas come from once and awhile too…

  3. i guess my real frustration lies in the utter complexity and techno-interdependancy inheirant in most of these objects. maybe it’s the luddite in me that feels as if we are slowly burying ourselves under layers upon layers of techno-rubbish thrust upon us under the guise of making our lives better, easier, etc. awhile back i remember seeing a big plastic torus shaped water container designed to easily transport large quantities water over long distances – a concern that affects many people worldwide. an incredibly simple idea, executed with purpose, elegance and economy – three attribultes i see as pivitol to the invention/design process, and attributes i see as being sorely lacking in ventures such as the smart spoon.

  4. This isn’t really a great ubiquitous computing interface, something like the flashbag is much nicer. The computing power is hidden, and the user interface is obvious and tactile, and doesn’t need intervention to understand and react to the changing state of the device. The interface here is opaque, and needs user intervention (and an external computer) to interpret it. Perhaps it the spoon wirelessly logged the data?

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