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Sensors 2017, 17(6), 1357; doi:10.3390/s17061357

‘HighChest’: An Augmented Freezer Designed for Smart Food Management and Promotion of Eco-Efficient Behaviour

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The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Viale Rinaldo Piaggio 34, Pontedera 56025, Italy
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Laboratory of Ergonomy & Design, Department of Architecture, University of Florence, Via Sandro Pertini 93, Calenzano 50041, Italy
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Laboratory of Design for Sustainability, Department of Architecture, University of Florence, Via Sandro Pertini 93, Calenzano 50041, Italy
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Received: 28 February 2017 / Revised: 23 May 2017 / Accepted: 7 June 2017 / Published: 11 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sensors for Home Automation and Security)
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Abstract

This paper introduces HighChest, an innovative smart freezer designed to promote energy efficient behavior and the responsible use of food. Introducing a novel human–machine interface (HMI) design developed through assessment phases and a user involvement stage, HighChest is state of the art, featuring smart services that exploit embedded sensors and Internet of things functionalities, which enhance the local capabilities of the appliance. The industrial design thinking approach followed for the advanced HMI is intended to maximize the social impact of the food management service, enhancing both the user experience of the product and the user’s willingness to adopt eco- and energy-friendly behaviors. The sensor equipment realizes automatic recognition of food by learning from the users, as well as automatic localization inside the deposit space. Moreover, it provides monitoring of the appliance’s usage, avoiding temperature and humidity issues related to improper use. Experimental tests were conducted to evaluate the localization system, and the results showed 100% accuracy for weights greater or equal to 0.5 kg. Drifts due to the lid opening and prolonged usage time were also measured, to implement automatic reset corrections. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart freezer; food management; eco-efficient behavior; energy saving; waste reduction smart freezer; food management; eco-efficient behavior; energy saving; waste reduction
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Bonaccorsi, M.; Betti, S.; Rateni, G.; Esposito, D.; Brischetto, A.; Marseglia, M.; Dario, P.; Cavallo, F. ‘HighChest’: An Augmented Freezer Designed for Smart Food Management and Promotion of Eco-Efficient Behaviour. Sensors 2017, 17, 1357.

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