bio.logue

Fast food, factory farming and mass consumption have led to abundance that is inequitably distributed. The food industry has also contributed to the detachment of people with the food they eat and their physiology. 

Bio.logue is a speculative household product – a personal health device that allows users to monitor food intake and metabolism through building a relationship with their gut biome overtime. One simply breathes into it to begin the process. As the person is breathing, Bio.logue collects key information to then provide an analysis of your health. There’s also an option to see your overall health history from previous years. This information can help you potentially confirm health concerns as well as take proactive steps to subside any issues.

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Using the biomimicry framework, the team chose two mentors for this project: an ant and a tree. Ants are social creatures that communicate by smell using sensors in their antennae. This mentor inspired the idea of sampling breath as a way to sense gut health. Trees, when viewed as a cross-section, provide a chronological record of the environmental factors that contributed to its growth. This feature of the mentor inspired ways of recording and visually representing a personal health record (similar to tree rings).

The team focused on the unsustainable aspects of fast food, factory farming, and mass consumption and how these practices fail to provide optimal sustenance and a positive relationship with food.