Project Yolk

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Introduction: Project Yolk

The act of cooking and preparing food brings with it many subtleties and nuances. From finding the perfect way to pepper a salad to the ultimate technique in which to scramble eggs – a long debated issue between many cooks. This mass of personal preferences combined with the countless tools and gadgets that fill the homeowners kitchen, makes for a perfect testing ground for personalization and modification.

With this in mind, we envision a future scenario where a character has the agency to freely create anything that they will. This project is a reflection of that vision, and an example of what may be the future of making; of uninhibited, whimsical design.

This project was a collaboration between Denon Vipond, Logan Mohr, JJ Mah, and Lauren Low, who are currently studying Industrial Design at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, BC.

Step 1:

Pick the perfect egg

Step 2:

Crack the egg

Step 3:

Place filled yolk containment chamber under nozzle, creating an air tight seal between the nozzle opening and yolk

Step 4:

Slowly engage lever until yolk is halfway

Step 5:

After performing egg extraction protocol perfectly, release yolk lever and let yolk fall into containment chamber

Step 6:

Now you are ready to make... Waffles! Custard! Meringues! Egg Noggin! Hollandaise Sauce!

Step 7: Material List

  • Epoxy resin
  • Moen sink plunger from Home Depot model: M7819
  • Sand paper
  • Untreated birch plywood
  • 2 threaded pipe connectors
  • 1 1/4 inch clear tubing
  • 1/4 inch dowel
  • 2 small egg sized bowls
  • 1 inch dowel
  • 4 Springs
  • 2 bolts
  • 2 locking washers
  • 2 regular washers
  • 8 metal countersunk washers
  • 12 one inch countersunk screws
  • 8 eye hooks

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    Hi Everyone!

    Studio Egg is more than happy to answer any questions about Project Yolk. Let us know your thoughts!

    Nice and absurd. I like it!

    Thank you! Great to hear that you like it!

    thank you mni ming yun!

    Beautiful, elegant, and fun!

    I highly recommend finishing the wood. Spilled eg would absorb, and destroy your carefully curated aesthetic.

    It's easier to buy cupcakes from the store, but it's far more fun to be silly about it with friends/kids at home. I feel entertainment value should be more important than ease.

    Hi shortiemctall and TalulahBancroft,

    This brings up an interesting discussion for us. When we presented our project to our peers and had others interact with Project Yolk, we found that everyone gravitated towards this new type of interaction that was created. Another outcome which we found was interesting was that separating an egg could become a group activity. One person could be holding the handle and another person could be holding the Yolk to the clear tubing. Let us know your thoughts!

    Such a shame you haven't been able to incorporate any servos, let alone a Raspberry Pi and/or an Arduino.

    Nice try just the same!

    ;-)

    Hi nwlaurie,

    Thanks for your comment! That is very interesting for you to bring this up as this is something we considered in the early phase of our process. For this version of Project Yolk we decided to stay away from Arduino and instead explore a mechanized, yet still manual way to separate the yolk. Servos would definitely make an interesting variation of this project!