SpiceWare: Simulating Spice Using Thermally Adjustable Dinnerware to Bridge Cultural Gaps

Shunyi Yang, Yun Suen Pai, Kouta Minamizawa

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Abstract

Preference and tolerance towards spicy food may vary depending on culture, location, upbringing, personality and even gender. Due to this, spicy food can often effect the social interaction on the dining table, especially if it is presented as a cultural dish. We propose SpiceWare, a thermally adjustable spoon that alters the perception of spice to improve cross-cultural communication. SpiceWare is a 3D-printed aluminium spoon that houses a thermal peltier that provides thermal feedback up to 45°C which can alter the taste perception of the user. As an initial evaluation, we conducted a workshop among participants of varying cultural backgrounds and observe their interaction when dining on spicy food. We found that the overall interaction was perceived to be more harmonious, and we discuss potential future works on improving the system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUIST 2022 Adjunct - Adjunct Proceedings of the 35th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450393218
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Oct 29
Event35th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST 2022 - Bend, United States
Duration: 2022 Oct 292022 Nov 2

Publication series

NameUIST 2022 Adjunct - Adjunct Proceedings of the 35th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology

Conference

Conference35th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBend
Period22/10/2922/11/2

Keywords

  • cross-cultural gap
  • dinnerware
  • gustatory
  • spice augmentation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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