Critical Changes

Sam Kragtwijk, Clarissa Schmitt – TU/e

Oh Crap I Gut my Future

Who are we in relation to our microbiome?

This project is a speculative design emphasizing the great influence that gut flora can have on different aspects of human life. Oh Crap I Gut My Future is a digital interface and care system for parents seeking to monitor and optimize the microbiome of their baby. How can parents collaborate with their children’s gut bacteria? What special “blend” of nutrients will give the best result? By centering the story around a baby, Oh Crap I Gut My Future seeks to educate about the link between gut flora and physical and mental abilities, as well as to push people out of their comfort zone and trigger deeper reflection on personalized healthcare, the quantified self, and self-optimization.