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PHILIPS DESIGN’S ONGOING DESIGN PROBES PROGRAM EXAMINES SOCIAL TRENDS IN FOOD
The Philips FOOD design probe project takes a provocative and unconventional look at areas that could have a profound effect on the way we eat and source our food in 15-20 years from now.
These investigations, like other Philips probe projects, examine the possible consequences of various (long-range) social trends and 'weak signals' emerging from the margins of society. In the case of food, this involved tracking and interpreting issues like the shift in emphasis from curative to preventative medicine, the growth in popularity of organic produce, implications of genetic modification, land use patterns in growing what we eat, the threat of serious shortages, and rising food prices.
The result was an extension to Philips Design's ongoing design probes program with three new projects; Diagnostic Kitchen, Food Creation and Home Farming.
Diagnostic Kitchen, allows people to take a much more accurate and personally relevant look at what they eat. By using the nutrition monitor, consisting of a scanning ‘wand’ and swallowable sensor, you could determine exactly what and how much you should eat to match your digestive health and nutritional requirements at that moment in time.
Food Creation has been inspired by the so-called 'molecular gastronomists.' These chefs deconstruct food and then reassemble it in completely different ways. The food printer, which would essentially accept various edible ingredients and then combine and ‘print’ them in the desired shape and consistency, in much the same way as stereolithographic printers create 3-D representations of product concepts.
Home Farming explores growing at least part of your daily calorific requirement inside your house. This biosphere home farm has been designed to occupy a minimum of floor space and instead to stack the various mini-ecosystems on top of each other. It contains fish, crustaceans, algae and edible plants, all interdependent and in balance with each other. Water filtration, recycling of nutrients and optimum use of sunlight are all central to its appeal.
Multisensorial Gastronomy explores how the eating experience can be enhanced or altered by stimulating the senses using the integration of electronics, light and other stimuli. Developed in collaboration with Michelin chef Juan Marie Arzak, the four design concepts of interactive tableware design concepts – Lunar Eclipse (bowl), Fama (long plate) and Bocado de Luz (serving plate) and the Eye of the Beholder (platter) – react to food placed on the plates or to liquid poured into the bowl.
About Philips Design Probe Projects
The purpose of the Philips Design Probes projects is to generate insights and explore far-future lifestyle scenarios based on rigorous research in a wide range of areas. The aim is to stimulate discussion around a range of issues from high rise sustainability to blushing dresses to multi-sensorial gastronomy and more in order to understand future socio-cultural and technological shifts with a view to developing nearer-term scenarios.
These scenario explorations are often carried out in collaboration with experts and thought leaders in different fields, culminating in a ‘provocation’ designed to spark discussion and debate around new ideas and lifestyle concepts. The insights gained from debate around the concepts feed into future innovation for the company.
The Philips Design Probe Projects and concepts are not intended as production prototypes and are not destined to become Philips commercial products. They are testing a possible future – not prescribing one.
The Design Probes program was established to generate insights and explore far-future lifestyle scenarios based on rigorous research in a wide range of areas. Probes projects are intended to understand future socio-cultural and technological shifts with a view to developing nearer-term scenarios.
These scenario explorations are often carried out in collaboration with experts and thought leaders in different fields, culminating in a ‘provocation’ designed to spark discussion and debate around new ideas and lifestyle concepts.
The Design Probe projects carried out by Philips Design are part of a wider Philips strategy aimed at improving the innovation hit rate. While it is not intended that design concepts coming out of the Probes program are translated to marketable solutions, insights gained from debate around the concepts feed into future innovation for the company.