Smart Tasting Prototype / Think Big Factory

Think Big Factory, together with the Basque Culinary Center and Fagor Electrodomésticos, shared with us their development of the Smart Tasting prototype. The prototype integrates the Internet of Things concept into the tasting experience, mixing food with technology. Generating a real-time connection between chefs and customers, connections will be created that explain the most interesting parts of the process to people who are tasting the dishes and vice versa. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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The main objective was to make processes connected with the tasting, increasing and enhancing the dining experience. The objects themselves were involved in the tasting, includings plates, cups, cutlery, etc. which were interfaces making it come to life to interact with information.

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The prototype was distributed under Creative Commons and free software was developed to work with the projections, Kinect cameras, and sensors. Three lines of work and research went into the project:

1. Interaction and projections on the table and objects in the tasting.
2. Projections on the panels surrounding diners.
3. Projections on the kitchen where the dishes are made.

Architects: Think Big Factory
Location: San Sebastian,
Collaborators: Basque Culinary Center, Fagor Electrodomésticos, PKMN, Tecné Collective, Gorka Cortazar, Arturo Castro



Cite: Furuto, Alison. "Smart Tasting Prototype / Think Big Factory" 24 Jan 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>