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Musical Kitchen Contraptions

Cooreator Acts as a Digital DJ, Mixing Sounds That Reflect Your Meal

— May 9, 2014 — Art & Design
Cooking can be a dull and tedious activity for many people, which is why the Cooreator was dreamed up. This 2014 Electrolux Design Lab finalist entry makes the chore an engaging multi-sensory experience. While you work away on chopping, blending and baking, this countertop appliance will do its own mixing, translating your ingredient choices into unique audio tracks.

Pass edibles in front of the scanner of the figure-eight-shaped device and it will identify them instantly. The software would be programmed to pair certain colors and flavors and even food combinations to particular sounds, rhythms and melodies. Yu Yi's concept appliance would continually generate and emit different interactive harmonies that correspond the the stage of your recipe and even its temperature. Furthermore, you would have the opportunity to share the Cooreator's cuisine compositions over social media.
Trend Themes
1. Multi-sensory Cooking - The Cooreator appliance offers a unique opportunity to integrate sound into the cooking process, creating a new multi-sensory experience for consumers.
2. Food-identifying Technology - Cooreator's innovative food-scanning technology opens opportunities for other industries to integrate similar technology into their own products and services.
3. Food-music Pairing - The Cooreator's pairing of food and music presents opportunities for restaurants and food retailers to enhance their customers' experiences by offering their own versions of audio-food pairing.
Industry Implications
1. Appliances - Appliance manufacturers can explore opportunities to integrate multi-sensory experiences and smart technology into their products like the Cooreator.
2. Food and Beverage - Restaurants and food retailers can offer their customers unique audio-food pairings in their establishments or even offer pre-packaged foods with corresponding musical tracks.
3. Artificial Intelligence - The Cooreator's ability to identify food and pair it with music presents AI companies with opportunities to explore integrating sound into other areas of the consumer experience.
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