This project is created to educate people to cook traditional authentic food. As international students, we have seen people confusing fusion food as authentic. This interactive game welcomes people to play, learn, and embrace the traditional culture through learning authentic recipes. It has been exhibited in 2019 ITP Winter Show and Liberty Science Center Engineer Week 2020.
Tools: Arduino, P5.js, Laser-Cutter, Illustrator, Power Tools
Skills: Creative Coding, Physical Computing, Fabrication, Interaction Design, User Testing
Time: Made within 4 weeks in Dec. 2019
Living overseas for more than five years allows me to appreciate the Chinese culture even more. Since I only go back to China once a year, I treasure every moment I have with my family. Staying true to the tradition of the cuisine is my way of expressing my love for my family. However, my frustration with Chinese restaurants here in the U.S. grew when I discover their dishes are not as authentic as they advertised. Therefore, Shannel and I created this game to remind people to honor the traditional culture.
Plywood & Transparent Acrylic Sheet to create a minimalistic stove.
We conducted three sessions of user testing throughout the process. The first one was conducted with a paper prototype and barely working code. The second one was a prototype with functioning code. The last one was the final project with working code.
60% of players use the spoon while the rest use hand 20% of players tried to lift the bowl 30% of players used the spoon to mix in the big bowl (which functions as a decoration)
Based on the feedback, I adjusted a few to make the interactive experience smoother
Start the game
Select the recipes
Select the ingredients
End of the game
Here is the video showing the digital interface created in p5.js.
The game is incomplete without the participation of the players. It is empowering to see people trying the game multiple times to get it right. One kid in particular spent 20 minutes in the station in order to get both cuisines right. It is rewarding to see people from different age groups enjoying the game.
With the recipes to take home along, I am hoping that the education of the traditional cuisine will be continued. I see it as a success to achieve the goal of the game: to educate people of traditional cuisine in order to honor the culture.
Special thanks to Shannel Doshi .
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