Vee Vee is a self-stirring slow cooker and fondue hybrid.

 

VEE VEE

The school assignment required us to combine two kitchen appliances into one homogeneous appliance. I opted to combine a slow cooker and a fondue machine. Choosing to design it particularly for single residences in small spaces. 

Consideration:
Rotate bowl without overheating the motor
Size
Storage
Interface

Research

The research was done in a group, members include: Kelsey Rozon, Paul Daniel,Tatum Dietrich

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Ideations

Prototypes used to test:

Scale

Concept

and preform user testing

User Testing

Interface Models

Shape Concepts

The solution

VEE VEE is a highly unique kitchen appliance that rotates food during cooking. The small size and compact appearance make it suitable for 1 - 2 people depending on function with a maximum capacity of 1.5 quarts. The compact nature allows for a versatile product that does not take much space on the counter top thus requiring minimal effort to store. Offered in a wide variety of colour the product comes to reflect the user giving it emotional significance.  


With its many uses, the Vee vee allows people in small environments to make a variety of different meals without compromising aesthetic or function.  

Features

Self rotating

Compact

Analog/Digital hybrid

Provides two functions

No moving parts

Fast cooling

The Interface

Analog/Digital hybrid

 User testing showed that a combination between analogue and digital was preferred  

Power off in:

3

Interface Pathway

All previous setting remain visible to user at all times. 

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The Bowl

The Chamber at the top of the bowl prevents any food from spilling when on its angle.

 

During the fondue process, it also acts as a lip that users can use to removed extra chocolate or cheese from their mosel

Handles on the bowl were designed to allow the bowl to be held even if users were wearing oven mitts

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Compact size

​​​Fits 1.5 quarts of food, like most smaller slow cookers on the market

 

 

10''

How it works

The bowl is able to rotate by using the same principle used by a simple DC motor.

Copper wire 

Coils

Connection port

Knob that controls current allowing for varying 
Rotational speeds and heat levels

Conduction coil

DC Current

Assembly and maintenance

Completely assembled the electrical components are completely hidden in the base of the unit. The two cast aluminum parts are held securely shut by screws preventing access to the components unless necessary.

  • The use of aluminum ensure that the shell can be recycled indefinitely

 

  • Aluminum base allows for quick cool down

 

  • No moving parts

Personalization

Various colour options allow for users to select their own "unique" appliance and help create emotional durability

Use Cycle

Slow cooking use cycle

Individual use

Fondue use cycle

Social Use

 

Form Study

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