Movie Taster


Course : Physical Computing, ‘Networked objects’ @ CIID
Team : Ane-eline Sorenson, Kevin Cannon, Siddharth Muthyala
Duration : 2 Weeks
My Role : Concept generation and development, Prototyping, building final physical prototype

What is it?
MovieTaster is the ultimate in home entertainment. The MovieTaster project was a fun take on lonely movie nights. The project revolves around the notion that it is possible for one to watch a certain type of film just by eating or cooking, a certain type of food.

Say for example you come home from a long day at work, or its just that kind of lazy Sunday. You decide to order Pizza and when it arrives, you reach to your spice rack and sprinkle some chili flakes and some oregano, Movie Taster will of course line up the best selection of Italinesque hyper-action films! Now who wouldn’t want that? No longer will you have to spend precious time deciding on the kind of food you want and then what movie you want to see!!

Last but certainly not least, MovieTaster also sets the mood by choosing the lighting in the kitchen and in the room according to the spices you use. This also acts as a visual ambient indicator to the spice that you may currently be using.

How does it work?
In the kitchen you go about your normal cooking routine using all the spices you need. And when you’re done the MovieTaster will compile a great list of movies to watch depending on the spices you have used.

Each spice bottle has a tiny sensor that triggers a sequence of numbers – typically a Binary code of 1’s and 0’s. Each sequence corresponds to a certain film genre in the library. When the act of cooking is done, the sequence is complied and a movie is queued on your TV, ready to watch. The user can then decide to watch the particular film or browse for other choices.

In this particular case we restricted our choices to 4 spices and therefore 16 movies, each corresponding to 0000, 0001, 0011, and so on.

Last but certainly not least, MovieTaster also sets the mood by choosing the lighting in the kitchen and in the room according to the spices you use.

Go on, make your day.


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