There’s a paradigm shift in the science of food. Fifteen ago proper nutrition meant augmenting the
kind of foods you ate. Buzz words like low-carb, low-cal, non-fat, low-glycemic, organic, and natural made their way into our vocabulary and yet we’re becoming fatter and unhealthier. Philips Design envisions a range of products that not only identify the true contents of food, but also how it affects your individual body.
The Diagnostic Kitchen enables people to take a much more accurate and personally relevant look at what they eat. The system is comprised of a tabletop, scanning wand, and swallowable sensor. The wand is an interactive device that gives you real time data about what’s going on inside your body, everything from salt to water ratio, hydration, fats, proteins, etc… By docking the wand and placing a food item you might eat on the tabletop, the wand updates to show how this item will affect your body.
The end goal is finding equilibrium. As you continue to use the system, you’ll gain an understanding of how food really affects you. As you find balance, the wand keeps a visual record of your progress and displays it across the surface. This is a provocative and unconventional look at food but one that can have a profound effect on how we eat. Imagine what that wand would look like if you placed a Big Mac with fries and a coke on the tabletop. The damn thing would probably explode.