BITs is a new concept for the future of nutrition, which has being developed following the current global lifestyle trends. The two trend concepts that inspired the project are “The Quantified Self” (How the society is trying to log as much BioData as possible) and the “HyperEfficient Nutriment” (or the products that are being released that try to answer specific physiological needs of the body – products like “Soylent”).
We speculate with a scenario in which we will tend to generate super-specific and personalized diets that will be particularly for our body. The direct extrapolation of this vision takes us to imagine a future where our smartphone will tell us in each moment the nutrient we need to ingest, and we will answer to this notifications by ingesting them in form of pills. This is the kind of situation that we are trying to avoid.
Thanks to a wearable that fits in our nostril, the users body will understand the nutrient it needs in every moment. The gadget delivers a recognizable aroma, triggering the need of an ingest. The nutritional elements (the BITs) will be designed with specific textures to answer to the delivered aromas. This way the consumption of the BIT offers a positive feedback to the user, indicating that the ingested BIT was the correct one, while offering a pleasant experience.
The nutritional elements (the BITs) will be designed with specific textures to answer to the delivered aromas. This way the consumption of the BIT offers a positive feedback to the user, indicating that the ingested BIT was the correct one,
while offering a pleasant experience. In case of an incorrect ingest, the user would create a contradictory feeling as soon as touching the BIT with the tongue, notifying the user of the error in a non intrusive way.
In order to understand how the tasting experience could be affected, we opened the door of the kitchen and we started playing. We played with gelatine and other low taste ingredients, such us seeds, noodles or rice.
We created different textures with no flavour, and give them to testes to understand their reactions while smelling different aromas. Some of our assumptions became reality, and the concept evolved.
Although the concept sounds to science fiction, and the whole project is inspired on facts that point to the future, in order to bring Bits back to the real world, we pushed the existing technologies as far as we could. With that aim, we partnered with Scentee, a Japanese company that already offers products that are able to digitally deliver smells.
We modified the technology to make it as wearable as possible. We connected the smell diffusors to wristbands that would give as a sense of the physiological status of the user. Then we programmed some triggers that would deliver different smells depending on the physical condition of the person.