criCup, Roasted Crickets Vending Machine - Gergana Tatarova
I can't believe it is over.
The last 5 years thaught me much more than how to solve differential equations and draw a cube in perspective. What, I think, makes the collaboration between the school of engineering and the school of art unique is the opportunity they give to challenge oneself in variety of different ways and contexts. Applying design thinking, defining problems, collaboratively handling complexity to create value while solving technical problems helped us develop extremely important skills to succeed in any area of industry, also, life.
For my final year project I decided to, indeed, challenge myself (extreme phobia of insects at the beginning) and prove that I could work on anything by exploring what place does Entomophagy (the human use of insects as food) take in the future of food. Not only are insects proven to be a much more efficient and environmentally friendly source of food, but they are also incredibly protein rich and provide all the necessary macro and micro nutrients for a healthy human diet.
The designed product is produces, processes and dispenses 1kg of crickets a day in the form of a healthy snack in variety of flavours. The thoughtful design of each of the 56 unit farms, the choice of materials and processes makes the machine incredibly efficient. CriCup snacks help normalise eating insects by being available in public spaces and social contexts.