Flux - Ellen Britton
An inclusive induction cooktop which alleviates the challenges visually impaired individuals face in the kitchen
Flux is inclusive through form and technology. At the core of the product are three features which address key user challenges; an accessible interface, magnetic location and a temperature control system.
An interaction which doesn't rely on visual cues, but instead involves touch and voice, is crucial in creating an accessible interface. Temperature is controlled using clicking dials which provide haptic feedback, and timers can be set through voice.
Effective induction cooking requires correct alignment of the cookware to the coil below, this can be difficult to achieve with limited vision. Within Flux, electromagnets under the hob surface guide users, creating a satisfying and reassuring experience.
The multitasking required for temperature regulation can place a high cognitive load on users with sight loss. Flux facilitates a new way of cooking to counteract this, an control loop enables constant temperature cooking, for less user input and more consistent results.
By harnessing technology and form, Flux creates a safe space for experimentation and enables a love of cooking for those with or without a visual impairment.