Bonapp was developed by the design team at ITERATE to demonstrate their full range of engineering capabilities. An internal ‘thought showering’ exercise led to this product opportunity being highlighted. Enabling parents to accurately monitor the calorie intake of their child if they were unwell or undernourished.
The major challenge the design team faced was identifying a method of being able to monitor the volume of food loaded on to the spoon by the parent and removed from the spoon by the child. Through engaging food producers such as Heinz, it was felt that nutritional information could be communicated via a smartphone application.
“Bonapp is an exciting IoT product, which demonstrates many of the electro-mechanical skills that the design team at ITERATE possess” Gethin Roberts, Managing Director at ITERATE
Using a load sensor located in the head of the spoon, the weight of food added and then removed could be tallied during a mealtime. This would allow the total volume to be calculated and translated in to a calorie intake figure. Total intake of protein, carbohydrates, fat and sodium could also be derived.
Products related to the Internet of Things (IoT) is a growth market and is attracting considerable interest from Angel Investors, providing they are supported by a robust business plan. Products that are consumer orientated, such as this one, can often be financed through crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo.