PROJECT


MAGIC
GLOVE


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

Magic Glove, a smart kitchen glove

How might we improve the cooking experience of the future?

USER RESEARCH

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:

User Tests Kochen
Though cooking can be very time consuming, it still plays an important role and will never be obsolete.
Cooking is a ritual of deceleration. It is a key component of maintaining traditions and enjoying family time.
Although there are numerous tools and technologies for all kinds of work steps, cooking is not a seamless process.
Too many different devices and tasks to manage cause stress which has a negativ impact on the general athmosphere.
A lack of space in the kitchen interrupts the cooking workflow. The kitchen can’t meet the various needs of the user.
A lack of space in the kitchen interrupts the cooking workflow. The kitchen can’t meet the various needs of the user.

FINAL CONCEPT

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.

Problem

Burning

Solution

No burning anymore
Cuts
No cuts anymore

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.

Problem

dirty hands

Solution

no controlling with dirty hands anymore
lack of food knowledge
food information
food waste
 no food waste anymore

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:

Cooking with a glove gives more freedom and fun when touching the food directly without any instruments.
Adding a structured grip material to certain areas of the glove could be useful for tasks like cutting.
The sensitivity of the hand must not be affected by the material being too thick or lacking flexibility.
prototyping with different materials and functions

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.

sketch of hands and visible hand areas
interface graphic overview
final result, the Magic Glove
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