By: Diana Soriano, Renee G, Cristina Petit, and Nancy Yen
When looking to the future and thinking about how the kitchen can transform as it enters the next era in design a few key concepts came to mind: use of technology, affordability, and health concerns. Exploring these three ideas in the context of how the kitchen of the future can better serve us, we have developed Dr. Susan.
Dr. Susan is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa by Amazon and pairs with additional smart appliance to help you and you house-hold make the healthiest meal choices possible.
Dr. Susan was developed to address the growing need in America for an interactive, affordable nutrition planning tool. Currently in America approximately 70% of adults and 17% of children are considered to be overweight or obese. Studies have shown that obesity is one of the top leading health problems around the world attributing to other health consequences such as heart attack, diabetes and high blood pressure.
What we also know is that technology is increasingly playing a larger role in our lives. We not only use smart devices to stay connected to family and friends, but also in new and innovative ways to make life easier, efficient, and more productive. Additionally, younger generations (and those who are at greater risk to becoming overweight or obese) use new technology at higher rates than older generations. When looking to develop a tool that will help prevent obesity we need to target the younger generation and utilize technology so that they are more inclined to engage with it.
This is where Dr. Susan and the accompanying smart appliances are there to help! Dr. Susan was developed to be a fun, interactive, and affordable nutrition planning tool that will help guide you in making healthy food choices every day. This intelligent network pairs Dr. Susan, a hands-free, voice-controlled device with your household’s smart toilet, smart refrigerator, and intelligent countertops. These products will take your personal medical data and put together a meal plan specifically designed for you and your health goals.
In collaboration with the smart toilet, Dr. Susan will be able to analyze your weight, BMI, blood pressure, and sugar levels. Once this information is processed a daily meal plan will be developed and delivered to you via text or email. This personalized meal plan can incorporate items that you already have avaible in the refrigerator or can put together a comprehensive grocery list. Since Dr. Susan utilizes Alexa by Amazon your grocery list can be purchased quickly and easily through Amazon or Amazon Prime.
In addition to having a doctor in your kitchen helping you make healthier nutritional choices, Dr. Susan‘s intelligent refrigerator is a smart appliance that also manages your foods’ freshness and can help you eat those fruits and veggies before they go bad. Also, nothing gets past Dr. Susan as she is constantly informed as to what other foods were prepared on the intelligent countertops. This way she is up to date on the calories, nutrients, and micronutrients you have consumed.