Behind the Scenes: Testing the Banana Bonnet
Posted ago by Baron
At the beginning of January, the Quirky staff was presented with a scientific conundrum. Inventor Laura Doty had submitted a clever product concept, dubbed the Banana Bonnet, which was designed to slow a banana’s ripening process by covering the stem with an airtight cap. This was intended to reduce the release of ethylene, a plant hormone that stimulates the formation of the enzyme amalyse, which causes bananas to ripen by breaking down starch into simple sugar. Laura had done her research prior to submission, citing a Lifehacker article that provided a DIY solution, but the Quirky Design Staff decided that they would need to see the effects for themselves before running with the concept.
To examine the effects of a bonnet first-hand, designer Aaron Saxton and Head of Community Steven Shaw opted to conduct a time-lapse experiment, which would compare the ripening speeds of capped and uncapped bananas over a two-week period. If the difference between the two groups was pronounced, the designers would have all the proof they needed to endorse the concept, and to begin crafting it into a real, consumer product.
If you made it this far, then you must be invested, so we won’t ruin the suspense with spoilers. To see the thrilling conclusion to the Banana Bonnet saga, you’ll have to check out the footage for yourself: