WHERE: GOLDSMITHS, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

DATE: JUNE 2013

CATEGORY: PRODUCT, FILM

ROLE: BA DESIGN STUDENT

DOMESTIC

SCIENCE

MACHINES

TURNING PEOPLE'S HOMES INTO A NEW

GROUND FOR SCIENTIFIC
DISCOVERIES.

 

 

Inspired by hacked laboratory equipment “Domestic Science Machines” are a collection

of devices that combine the regular use

of home appliances with a scientific function

in order to make scientific experiments accessible and available to a wider audience.

 

The coffee machine functions as a regular

drip coffee machine, yet transforms into

a spectrometer to analyse materials.

The temperature controlled slow cooker can

be used as a PCR cycler for growing DNA.

The salad spinner is easily modified into

a centrifuge, for separating liquids, whilst

the portable microscope allows for playful explorations from an unusual scale.

 

Basing the designs around the familiarity

of household objects makes it easier for people to engage with scientific instruments without prior experience. The use of wood and ceramics instead of plastic and metal are a contrast

to the look of scientific instruments, that are often cold and uninviting.

 

Through my designs I hope to inspire

a new-found curiosity for our own

environments and inspire people

to turn their homes into a new ground

for scientific discoveries.

 

More info on:

Goldsmiths Design Blog

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