FoodWorks is a system developed as part of the MEng Computer Science Degree at University College London and published in ACM NordCHI’14. This research is concerned with how technology interventions can be used to change behavior in fussy children’s eating habits by altering the context of ‘playing’ with food.

FoodWorks was designed to digitally augment a plate of food and provide rewards for completion of the meal.

Below is a demonstration of how the food is digitally enhanced.

An in the wild study was conducted using it with 7 families, for children aged between 3-9. The findings were positive, providing new insights on the social interactions and the effects digital augmentation can have on eating behavior.