Magic Glove is a smart kitchen glove that takes advantage of these strengths and at the same time eliminates the weaknesses of the human hand. By integrating the user intuitively into the network of devices and reducing the complexity of the modern kitchen environment, it ensures an innovative and seamless cooking experience.
Magic Glove is the outcome of a group work with an interdisciplinary team of design students. We developed this project in the course of the Siemens Home Appliances Design Award 2018 and won the second price.
Supervision: Prof. Matthias Edler-Golla, Prof. Florian Petri
(University of Applied Sciences, Fakulty of Design)
My contribution: User research, project concept, interaction concept and interface design with the other team members, filming and editing the concept video
Time Scope: October 2017 – January 2018
How might we improve the cooking experience of the future?
Cooking Sessions and Interviews
Which role does cooking take in our daily lives and which problems arise during cooking? To find some answers to these questions, we met up with different people in their kitchen to get an idea of their routines and behaviour during cooking. Additional interviews complemented our research and gave us some important key insights:
Our final solution was to create a smart and protective glove that supports a seamless experience within the kitchen by eliminating the pain points of cooking and providing benefits to the user.
Making our hand stronger
By choosing heat, water and cut-resistant materials for our product, the user’s hand is protected during cooking and he doesn’t have to worry about injuries like burn blisters and cuts anymore.
This leads to a fluent way of acting within the kitchen and makes the user more flexible.
Making our hand smarter
Magic Glove serves as a connection between user and kitchen devices by enabling gesture and remote control. This way, controlling devices with dirty hands during cooking is not a problem anymore.
By using smart sensory data, the user can be provided with information about ingredients. The smart glove helps to gain more awareness about nutrition values and healthy food.
A big amount of food is wasted because people are not sure if ingredients are still edible after their shelf life date has expired. The smart glove uses sensory data to inform the user about the edibility and ripeness of ingredients and thereby avoids food waste.
USER TESTING AND PROTOTYPING
Which requirements have to be fulfilled by a cooking glove? In order to optimize our product for the users’ needs, we did some cooking sessions wearing different types of gloves. These were some of our observations:
INTERACTION AND INTERFACE DESIGN
The challenge of designing an interface for the glove was that our hand is constantly moving during preparing food and therefore hiding certain areas which may contain information on displays.
By observing the hands’ movements during cooking and testing different areas for possible displays, we figured out which solution ensures an ergonomic and effective way of interacting.
We came to the conclusion that splitting the information and placing it on different areas is necessary so that the relevant information can be seen no matter which position or tasks are performed. The information displayed adapts to the hand’s movement and is either shown on the back or the underside of the hand.