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User-Aware Smart Menu

How can we prompt healthful eating choices?

Concept

In this design exploration we asked "How could we use technology to prompt healthful eating?"

We noticed new online services that were collecting information about the nutrition in foods and allowing people to log what they've eaten, along with existing online services that allowed people to rate restaurants and yet other online services that stored people's health information.

We considered one place to aggregate this information in context was the menu itself.

Implementation

The proposed implementation is a menu made of digital ink which displays the dishes being offered by the restaurant and connects to the network for more information.

The menu allows the user to log in and retrieves his personal information. It compares his nutrition goals with the amount of food he's already logged as eaten today, and shows what his allotment is for the rest of the day.

It takes his health conditions into account and potentially disables menu options for him that are too risky, and highlights others that are among the best choices.

It contains a section that displays reviews which can prompt him to make choices based on the community's review of certain dishes.