WHERE: GOLDSMITHS, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
DATE: JUNE 2013
CATEGORY: PRODUCT, FILM
ROLE: BA DESIGN STUDENT
TURNING PEOPLE'S HOMES INTO A NEW
GROUND FOR SCIENTIFIC
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.
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