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augmentedkitchen.jpga complete kitchen augmented with various ambient data visualizations consisting of discrete projections onto the existing countertop, cabinets, refrigerator, range, sink & food itself. objects & surfaces become layered with digital interfaces to make them easier & safer to use. once information can be projected anywhere in the space, it becomes crucial to 'design the information' to make optimal use of users’ attention. see also waterbot & dishwasher infolight. [mit.edu(pdf & movie)]
continue reading for more detailed information & images.


rangefinder uses a remote infrared thermometer to measure the surface temperature of food in pans & projects the food temperature & cooking time directly onto the cabinet, counter, cookware & the food itself.
virtual recipe uses projectors to display recipes on the cabinets in front of users as well as on the work surfaces.
fridgecam projects spatial information about the contents of the refrigerator directly onto the door for the purpose of reducing the duration & frequency of door opening.
augmented cabinetry illuminates cupboard handles to inform users of specific kitchen items, triggered by the interactive virtual recipe narrative.

detailed images:
visual cues via projected arrows & highlighted handles to find kitchen items.

kitchenrefrigerator.jpgwhy opening the refigerator door looking for items when you can see the content from the outside?

kitchenhandle.jpgdetail of kitchen handle highlighting required items.

detail of kitchen faucet displaying temperature of water.

(all pictures from online sources as mentioned in main post)


Nice kitchen! I saw one at Ars Electronica in Linz, but this kitchen is far more advanced/usefull!

PS. superb weblog! i will come here everyday :)

Sat 17 Sep 2005 at 12:28 AM

I love it! That has some cool things in it. I like the sink but the fridge is a cool idea, but not exactly good to look at. I hope it can be turned off and only viewable when you want to see whats inside.

Sun 18 Sep 2005 at 1:50 AM

This could be taken to the next level by putting rfid tags on each item contained in the refrigerator, cabinets and drawers. Contents could be displayed on the doors, or you could just Google them ("pinto beans" site:kitchen.yourhouse.home). Just think of the targeted ad possiblities.

Mon 19 Sep 2005 at 2:54 AM
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