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In-Formed [] is an impressive product design project that consists of three normal household objects which are augmented with statistical data. The aim is to seep quantitative data into the products that surround us to provide for a more intuitive context, and ultimately to create a more memorable and persuasive experience that might have the power to change people's behaviors and attitudes.

"Caloric Consumption" shows the caloric consumption per capita in various countries and regions visualized on a plate and fork. The information allows for the comparison of one's cultural eating habits with those from the rest of the world. For instance, the surface area of each of these plates is scaled in proportion to the amount of food consumed by the people who live in the region depicted on the plate. Each prong on the fork represents a different countries caloric intake per capita.

"Water Usage" is a water faucet that shows the relative amount of water consumed each time the faucet is used.

"Waste Production" consists of waste bin that measures the personal or household waste in terms of its weight in pounds. The weight of the garbage changes the angle of the waste bin, making it less inviting and giving one a visual cue as to how much trash has been thrown away.




Someone should take the common household item stats a bit further and integrate actual usage stats. So every item/device tracks itself.

Times chair has been sat on. Times fork has been washed. Times steps stepped on. Times door opened. Lights on...etc...

Wed 27 May 2009 at 8:38 AM

@Morning Toast They have... it's called "wear & tear".

Sun 31 May 2009 at 4:16 PM

This is a great idea. It's refreshing to see designers working on projects which address awareness problems rather than just ease of use or comfort problems.

Mon 01 Jun 2009 at 7:41 PM

It's as if they actually forget what they're designing for.

The concept is neat, but all I can think of is poking a hole through my cheek when trying to use that fork.

Fri 05 Jun 2009 at 11:17 AM

I would say that intuitively clear is just one - with the fork.
Great execution! Thanks!

Mon 08 Jun 2009 at 11:22 PM
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