August 12, 2022

New analysis from Monash College makes use of meals to assist show the essential constructing blocks of pc science whereas creating new frontiers in eating experiences. 

The previous decade has seen nice strides in revolutionary meals experiences like 3D-printed meals, ingestible sensors, combining robots with meals service and consuming with augmented actuality. Up to now, these experiences have solely concerned utilizing expertise alongside current meals. 

Logic Bonbon gives a ‘cyber’ meals expertise that mixes the applying of logic operations – the essential constructing blocks of each digital pc – with edible supplies ensuing within the creation of a liquid-centred dessert. 

A Logic Bonbon system features a pre-made hole bonbon together with the choice of three totally different ‘logic gates’ that enable the circulation of flavoured liquids into the bonbon. 

Customers can introduce totally different liquids into the bonbon concurrently and the bonbon is stuffed with totally different flavour and color mixtures relying on which ‘logic gate’ was used. The Bonbon additionally has a clear prime layer which permits the customers to see their last outcomes. 

Picture: A Logic Bonbon with an AND logic gate displaying a heart-emoticon with a mixture of two flavours (raspberry and inexperienced apple) is able to eat.

Meals designer turned human-computer interplay researcher, lead writer Jialin Deng, from the College of Info Know-how’s Exertion Video games Lab, mentioned the thought behind the event of the Logic Bonbon was to make use of meals itself as an integral a part of the computational operation.  

“Over the course of three months, we examined the system with 10 individuals, permitting them to sense, experiment and ‘play’ with the Logic Bonbons, filling it with totally different flavour mixtures which they may devour,” she mentioned. 

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“By way of their interactions with the Logic Bonbons, the individuals tangibly expertise and find out about logic operations and are primarily making a mini edible pc that requires an enter, performs computation and ends in totally different mixtures of outputs whereas displaying totally different emoticons and flavours, permitting to the consumer to expertise what computation ‘tastes’ like.”

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Co-author of the analysis, Exertions Video games Lab Director Professor Florian ‘Floyd’ Mueller, mentioned the method of interacting with and understanding computation needn’t be restricted to linear strategies. 

“By way of this challenge we’re illustrating that even meals supplies and interacting together with your meal is usually a medium to introduce folks to ideas of pc science,” mentioned Professor Mueller. 

“It will be nice to see this analysis utilized and developed additional by creators like cooks, meals designers and gastronomists, to introduce computational ideas in a enjoyable multisensory manner and ship experiences the place diners ‘execute’ the ‘software program’ that the chef has programmed into their meals.”

Attainable future analysis constructing on this challenge embody growing extra complicated computational programs manufactured from meals to additional discover how hospitality could be supported in delivering distinctive experiences to diners whereas supporting the chef’s craft and experience. 

The Logic Bonbon analysis findings shall be introduced in the course of the ACM CHI Convention on Human Elements in Computing Methods being held in New Orleans, USA, from 30 April – 5 Might.