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Flavor Fork

Published onMay 18, 2020
Flavor Fork

Dining in space, and particularly a microgravity environment, puts forth many challenges while eating a meal. Astronauts’ senses of smell, taste, and texture are all decreased due to decreased gravity. Their mealtime experiences are far different in comparison to those on Earth. Yet, they still use Earth-based utensils. The Flavor Fork is built for astronauts. The Flavor Fork is an innovative tool used to enhance the flavor of food in microgravity. Instead of completely re-designing the fork, we instead chose to improve on its already straightforward design and practicality. The fork utilizes a pump-based system controlled by notched scroll wheel to tailor the intense flavor to the consumer. By adding a user-friendly mechanism, the fork seamlessly allows for any food’s flavor to be magnified, augmented, or enriched. The flavors are interchangeable, coming in small capsules of intense flavors made to accent the meals on the ISS. It is built to fill in the gaps of flavor presented by space travel and allows for the most fulfilling sensory experience possible. The Flavor Fork is a simple and crucial tool for daily dining in space.

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