This section contains projects done by Stephanie Aaron as an
MFA student at the School of Visual Arts Interaction Design program.
MindFULL

Class: Physical Computing

Assignment: Devise a project that would allow us to use a semester's knowledge about physical computing and building things to create an interactive experience.

Solution: Mindfull is a fork rest that reminds you to put your fork down and chew between bites while you are eating. This device offers a way for fast eaters to be mindful of their speed, allowing the brain time to process when the stomach is becoming full. The conscious pause prevents you from racing through your meal, and allows more time to savor it.

It takes at least twenty minutes after eating for your stomach to tell your brain that it is full. But most of us finish a meal in ten minutes or less. A quicker pace of eating is associated with higher body mass. Eating slower allows time for your body to product a hormone that's responsible to signal your brain that you are full. Eating is supposed to be a mindful event. MindFULL offers a way for fast eaters to be mindful of their speed, allowing the brain time to process when the stomach is becoming full.

How it Works: After putting food in your mouth, put your fork on the MindFULL rest and let go. Do not touch the fork until your mouth is empty. If MindFULL lights up, you are eating too fast! Repeat through the entire meal.

Group project with Gene Lu, Colleen Miller, and Beatriz Vizcaino.