(Video link HERE.) Bio 50 has applied open-source thinking to electronic appliances we use in our homes everyday. They’ve prototyped of a system built upon standard components that offers the user the ability to assemble, customize, repair, and repurpose existing products.
Check out their clever fan, hand mixer, and a balloon-encased lamp all configured from the same elements.
A fan easily morphs into a hand mixer…
Sigh. For now, we’re filing them in our every-expanding Department of Wishful Thinking.
But the basic principle is something you can use throughout your life, in cooking, say. Once you understand the essential structure of a recipe, you can swap out ingredients to morph it into different dishes.
Here’s a Mario Batali recipe Sally annotated years ago as she made notes about what she might do with it. The essential structure is circled in pen with the note “great technique”. Then she notes the ingredients she would try swapping out and see what happened.
Using the core technique i.e. mechanism (like the motor above) she was able to make Lemon Lavender Jam, Tangelo Jam, Tangerinsicle Parfaits and Meyer Lemon Dessert Sauce and Art Filling.
Check out more “possibility thinking” in her award-winning cookbook The Improvisational Cook