COOKING COMFORT 2017-09-27T01:19:31+00:00

Project Description

Cooking Comfort

A modular immersion blender, food processor, and electric can opener set that preserves family recipes and brings generations together.

THE CHALLENGE

The Users

Women who cook home-made spaghetti sauce as part of traditional meals and family heritage.

The Problem

As people grow older, cooking becomes more difficult with age. The current cooking appliances to make traditional meals are cumbersome and difficult to use.

The Solution

An ergonomic, modular set of appliances that lock together for storage and power.

RESEARCH

Mothers, ages 45-55, were interviewed about the processes they use to cook homemade spaghetti sauce for their families.
While each recipe varies, each cook uses an immersion blender, a food processor, and an electric can opener.
According to the interviewees, each appliance needs improvement.

Immersion Blender

Negative Feedback:

  • Button is difficult to hold down for long periods of time
  • Heavy
  • Cord gets in the way while cooking

Possible Solutions:

  • Multiple buttons (On & Off are separate) or a sliding switch
  • Thinner/lighter materials
+ Cordless/rechargeable
  • Retractable for large and small pots of sauce

Food Processor

Negative Feedback:

  • Difficult to open
  • Difficult to clean (sharp blades are dangerous)
  • Blades are difficult to store

Possible Solutions:

  • Press buttons to release compartments instead of twisting compartment open
  • Plastic sheath to cover blades

Electric Can Opener

Negative Feedback:

  • Does not fit on large cans of tomatoes well
  • Opening large cans by hand is exhausting

Possible Solutions:

  • Adjustable mechanism width
  • Automatic: place on can and let it automatically open lid

DESIGN

Design Objectives

  • Unify three cooking appliances used to make one meal
  • Design modular appliances that assist with making homemade spaghetti sauce
  • Improve tools to be ergonomic, comfortable, lighter, & less tiring to use
  • Encourage younger generations to cook family recipes by making tools easier to use
  • Preserve traditions and family bonding
Research of internal components and SolidWorks models. These appliances will charge through induction (no metal-to-metal contact, similar to electric toothbrushes recharging in a charging dock).

Branding:

Brand Values:

  • Provide older generations with lasting kitchen appliances that are easy to operate
  • Assist people in cooking traditional meals as people age
  • Promote family bonding through teaching younger generations

Brand Language:

  • Ergonomic
  • Comfortable
  • Lighter
  • Rounded Edges
Logo design iterations

Concept Renderings

Features & Benefits
The final immersion blender, food processor, and electric can opener will make cooking family meals easier for older adults and can be used to encourage younger generations to learn, thus continuing family traditions.
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