Cooking Dinner, William Hereford

Cooking Dinner and Project Oasis

This is interesting… Intel Labs’ Oasis Project uses your kitchen countertop to recognize the foods that you place on it, and projects a variety of interactive content.

It’s still early research, and so the sorts of interactions possible, as well as the content that’s projected, are pretty basic. But the video suggests a variety of ways people could be assisted in a kitchen of the future.

Actually, when I first watched the demo, the first thing that popped into my mind was David Small’s Food for Thought — where he used a laser sign cutter to write messages onto food. It’s not directly related to Oasis, but how we associate food with technology, as a cultural and experiential issue, is the connecting theme.

In thinking more about where Oasis-like kitchen-based R&D could go, a great inspiration should be this beautiful video, Cooking Dinner Vol. I by William Hereford. It shows a notably hands-on, refreshingly tactile, approach to food and cooking. It’s so different from the antiseptic way, almost germ-phobic and lawsuit-eager, that food is usually treated. I’d love to see how a system like Oasis could be developed to encourage such holistic changes to how we think about, and engage with, food.

[Project Oasis link via Interactive Multimedia Technology; Cooking Dinner link via SwipeLife and KN.]

Food for Thought, David Small (1999)

Intel, Project Oasis, interface detail

Cooking Dinner, William Hereford