Hotbite
Self-heated lunchbox

"Hotbite" is a line of lunch boxes that heats its contents to help one avoid the long microwave queues at workplaces and personalize hygiene by avoiding the usage of dirty microwaves.

With models designed for regular and soup meals, its users can meet their nutritional goals without having to worry about resorting to expensive and average canteen food. Compared to existing solutions, "Hotbite" steps up the game through its innovative shape and modular design to help one enjoy their meals.

The Problem

LONG microwave queues

& close proximity

Average lunch-break lasts 20-35 minutes

45% employees dissatisfied with lunch-break duration

40% employees find their lunch unhealthy

40% employees spend 5 - 10 € every-day on lunch

Night-shift professionals have limited meal choices

TARGET
GROUP

Different budgets & lifestyles

On-site
professionals

On-road
professionals

University

students/staff

Users with
diet restrictions 

Office
professionals

Most contaminated surfaces in workspaces are microwave handles, not toilet seats.* Although our immune system would take care of this under usual circumstances, COVID-19 has made utmost hygiene relevant.

Market
AnaLYSIS

- Available products are expensive, heavy & bulky

- Designs lack quality & friendliness

QFD analysis helped to make the product's placement in the market more effective.

Inspired by portable solar ovens from GoSun,
solar energy is sustainable 
but weather dependent.

Concepts

starting with a box,

I invoked familiarity with glass based design,
but it would induce high heat losses

From "Making a box" to "Using a box"

and discovering nuances in food-packaging

I found that the radius of a quick meal's container matched perfectly with the spoon and made scooping its contents effortless.

Hence, it drove me to ideate with a form beyond the boxy profile of lunchboxes and observe how we ate from it.

It was found that when the food contents reduce,
we start scooping it from the closest corner.

FINDING the right curvature

by "thinking out of the box"

Different radius for different cutlery?

tighter radius was implemented at a corner to make scooping easier.

Tactile & informative
interface

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Modular power inputs

Shifting interface position

Ergonomic

Modular

Easy