Human-Food Interaction Technologies Carry Lot of Possibilities

Future impact of Human-Food Interaction Technologies

Food is the third-most essential requirement for a human body to survive after air and water. Therefore, researchers are exploring the future impact of human-food interaction technologies that could enhance how we interact with food and enrich the eating experience. A recently published paper by a team of Human-Computer Interaction researchers from Lancaster University and Dovetailed Ltd. precisely portrayed that.    

The researchers claim that future food technologies carry a lot of possibilities – from developing 3D-printed personalized flavors to enabling the recall of memories to taste-based representations of digital file download. Also, besides featuring previous studies on food technology, it highlights new avenues for future research, which may play a vital role in the future impact of human-food interaction technologies.

These new ideas consist of digital avatars offering mindful dining experiences, taste representations of emotions, or smart tableware. Smart tableware could improve a diner’s eating habits; for example, the device could remind them to slow their chewing speed. 

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What the study contained

The study is outlined in the paper ‘Exploring the Design Space for Human-Food-Technology Interaction: An Approach from the Lens of the Eating Experiences.’ Published by ACM Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction, the authors are Dr. Tom Gayler, Professor Corina Sas, and Vaiva Kalnikaite (of Dovetailed Ltd.)

The team enlisted the help of 18 professional chefs and reviewed about 109 academic papers for their research paper. The study primarily focused on the sensory, emotional, cognitive, and social aspects of eating. In addition, it included insights from the chefs on how the use of flavors, emotion, sensory deprivation, stimulation, and cultural aspects affected the dining experience. 

Professor Corina Sas (Lancaster University) remarked, “A range of technology has been researched and developed around food, from electronic probes that stimulate taste to calorie counting apps.” The research aided in developing a conceptual framework for designing new tastes and user experiences, significantly helpful to the human-computer interaction research community. Corina further added, “There is a lot of potential for technologies around food to help elicit emotions, aid memory recall, support storytelling, and help regulate healthy eating behaviors.”

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Dr. Tom Gayler (formerly of Lancaster University) stated, “This work not only helps understand the ways food can be used today with the technologies we already know about but also provide suggestions for new experiences and new technological solutions.”

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