A Central St Martin’s university student’s appliance that helps educate children on where their food comes from is a finalist in Home appliances giant Electrolux’s Design Lab competition.

The Chinese-born student, Pan Wang’s design ‘Future hunter-gatherer’, projects a hologram that lets the user play a game to gather food by fishing, hunting or gathering food from nature. The food is then transmitted to a local grocery store or market through an app, which can then be delivered to the user’s door.

Wang created the Future hunter-gatherer to gamify the shopping experience, while giving children a better understanding of where food originates.

She said: “The problems we face today are because of the lack of connection between people and food sources. Supermarkets extenuate this weak connection where traditionally the kitchen connected people and food.

“I believe if a digital hunter-gatherer scenario could be reproduced then people will have a better understanding of our food.”

Each year Electrolux’s Design Lab competition invites design students and recent graduates to enter a product they think could be a home appliance of the future. The first prize is 5,000 euro and a six month internship at Electrolux’s Global Design Centre.

The winner of the competition will be chosen from the top six finalists after presenting their concepts to a jury in Paris, November 12, 2014. 

Other finalists’ designs included a novel air purifier, kitchenware that recreates tastes and smells of your food to your preference and a smart towel hanger that instantly cleans your towel after use.

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