2021

Logic Bonbon

In recognition of the significance of our experiential pleasure of food, interaction designers are increasingly exploring novel combinations of computing technologies and food. To date, despite many such creative endeavours, proposals and prototypes have largely maintained a traditional divide, treating food and technology as separate entities. In contrast, we describe a “Research through Design” exploration of the notion of food as computational artefact. That is, one in which food itself is the material of computation.

The Logic Bonbon is a liquid-centred dessert that can computationally regulate its flavour via an integrated edible fluidic system which enable the food  to accomplish binary logic operations (e.g. AND, OR, NOT, NOR, XOR, etc.), so that the Logic Bonbon can instantly “computes” its own flavour configuration in response to a diner's input.

Through an experiential study and reflection on the design practice, we furnish a provisional account of how food as computational artefact can mediate new interactions through a novel approach of food-computation integration, and ultimately facilitate an enriched future of Human-Food Interaction.

Related Publication: 

Jialin Deng, Patrick Olivier, Josh Andres, Kirsten Ellis, RyanWee, and Florian ‘Floyd’ Mueller. 2022. Logic Bonbon: Exploring Food as Computational Artifact. In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’22), New Orleans, LA, USA. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 21 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3491102.3501926.