Finding a way to reduce forgetting food going off in fridges
User Journey Mapping
UX UI Design
All of these happened due to people getting busy and forgetting food is going off in their fridges or sudden changes in plans which result in them not using their food. The problem was further explored by interviewing users to understand how they feel and react with food.
The main issues lied within the moment of realising that your food has gone off.
This causes a large feeling of guilt as they realised they have wasted food which lowers their confidence in handling food.
This also effects their planning as they have to recuperate and try to minimise food waste in the future.
However once users started cooking and eating their food, they feel more accomplished as they successfully used the food to cook something and not waste it. Therefore the main areas of intervention would be before the moment of realising your food is spoiled.
Taking in the research conducted there was a clear need for planning and preparation of meals and food in advance. The solution would need to reassure the users of the foods condition and provide a way to manage their food. A fridge scanner and companion app was chosen as a concept to fulfil these.
Food Scanner Functions
- Monitor status of food in fridge
- Send status of food to the app
- Receive status of food from the scanner
- Manage food shopping list to avoid overbuying
- Schedule meal plans in advance
The fridge scanner would be placed on the shelves and drawers of the fridge as this provided a point of contact for the food to be scanned. Further development enabled it to be adjustable for different gap sizes of those shelves for extra security.