Eating is often a social activity. We sit together with friends, family, and colleagues to connect, share, and celebrate aspects of life. This interactive dining table is embedded with load cells and LED lights. The load cells are able to measure different aspects of eating behavior such as weight shifts around the table, collecting both individual data about dining behavior as well as social data about interactions between table members. Over the course of the meal, light signals from the table provide table members with feedback about their actions, give perspective regarding their eating choices, and cue more social dining behavior, all in the form of qualitative, expressive interactions.
The dining table is designed by Juliet Haarman (EWI/HMI), Roelof de Vries (EWI/BSS), Hermie Hermens (EWI/BSS) and freelancer Emiel Harmsen within the within the Personalized eHealth technology research program.