We are a group of young people united by a passion for good food and new technologies, driven by the constant search for new methods and cutting-edge tools that can improve the experience in the kitchen and, consequently, the quality of life.
We are creating the first kitchen wearable that puts advanced measuring devices into the hands of food artisans, facilitating workflows, helping to organize and monitor the operations to be carried out in the kitchen, and providing essential support in the preparation of recipes.
Palmo has been conceived thinking of human interaction in environments where manual skill and technique are applied to food preparation.The goal is to increase the perception of reality thanks to the combination of sensors integrated to strategic points in the hand and an App designed specifically for the execution of recipes and preparations.
The importance of gestures
Activities in the kitchen are carried out using a very important tool: your hands.
Tracing and analyzing hand movements will be an essential step to enrich the experience of Palmo through the use of "gestures", specific movements that will give users the opportunity to interface "hand free" with the system and not only: the ability to record them to be used in the near future for what is called "machine learning".
A wrist scale. Really?
Yes. Weighting and dosing ingredients in seconds with a single tool integrated in your hand can save time and space in the kitchen. Who would not want that?
Four customizable sensor slots on the fingers
In our design hypothesis we have started to identify the key tools that can bring real utility in the kitchen.
Once connected, Palmo recognizes and manages the four sensors placed on the fingers, which can be configured according to the user's needs:
For the future, we are considering the possibility of extending the range of sensors with:
Three weight sensors for faster and more accurate measurements
Palmo's integrated weight sensors simultaneously capture three separate data, summing up and normalizing them before delivering the final result with the highest possible accuracy. How long does it take? A few tenths of a second.
A connected glove
The Palmo bracelet is removable, so you can separate it from the glove for cleaning and sterilization. is flexible and can be connected by means of a magnetic connector, supplying power to the connected sensors. The electronics of the bracelet consists of processor, oscilloscope, gyroscope, battery and wi-fi connectivity.
Materials and manufacturing assumptions
Given the criticality of the kitchen environment, we need a product that is practical, hygienic and durable.
We are still working on this, but Palmo's structure could be composed of a Dyneema® inner layer in cut resistant fiber, an insulated intermediate layer for the wires and finally an outer layer in food-grade silicone.
OLED / E-INK Displays
To ensure flexibility and impermeability to Palmo, we decided to equip it with a display based on the latest OLED technology, which allows you to have a thin "sheet" of light with a relatively low energy consumption. Alternatively, given the current cost of OLED displays, we could opt for the cheaper E-INK, the same used in e-reader devices.
Issues such as safety, comfort, connectivity and home automation could lead us in the near future to use Palmo as a smart controller for our entire kitchen.
The use of highly specialized equipment will be essential support for a more balanced and healthy diet, placing the humans back at the center of the kitchen and preserving the food culture, a precious and essential heritage.
There are many opportunities for new methodological approaches in professional environments.
From confectioners to greengrocers, anyone who handles food for sale or preparation will have the opportunity to rewrite the rules, enrich their craft with a new “modus operandi”.
This leads us to think that it is possible to enrich both the production and quality workflows of large kitchens by studying customized solutions for each category of food artisans.