THE SMART TRAY: Fonaru
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.
WORKFLOW: FONARU ECOSYSTEM FOR FOOD TRACKING
With the basic outline, I began the workflow of the ecosystem and the products I needed to focus on:
app for schools to monitor and influence
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