1. Research 2. Analyze 3. Define 4. Design 5. Prototype 6. Credits



Using a combination of choosemyplate.gov, a typical rectangle tray shape, and a 5-tray bento, I reconfigured the smart tray. I wanted to give the smart tray a name and a brand instead of just calling it the smart tray. I took Japanese inspiration from the word “naru” which means to become (in this context it refers to become real food). Then I mashed it with the word food, thereby calling this, Fonaru. I added colors that reminded me of each part of my mission statement.

With the brand, I drew what the Fonaru tray would look like and what the purpose of it was.

How the Digital Tray Works:

  • branded chip or barcode on tray that gets scanned

  • food is weighed with original amount when chef marks tray purchased

  • when food tray is left on belt, the scanner uses ml imagery to guess consumed weight/remaining weight on tray

  • records in app for schools and parents

  • reports and makes suggestions based on findings and budget



I wanted to tie the consumed contents in the tray with each individual child for the school and parent to monitor. The student food card seemed like a good key. I explored the idea of unlocking a food tray with a food card. Since the product was using a device and an app, I found a similar workflow that electric bikes and scooters use with what I was trying to accomplish.



With the basic outline, I began the workflow of the ecosystem and the products I needed to focus on:

  1. cafeteria

  2. app for schools to monitor and influence

  3. app for parents, to get inspired and monitor

Now that I had the workflow in place, it was time to start designing what this looks like

  • School Cafeteria

  • School App

  • Parents App