Refactor the Snack! – Michael Acker – 11:00

Refactor The World! Gold

Standard wrapped granola bar

Standard wrapped granola bar

In our modern world we spend a large segment of our time on the go, sometimes for ten or more hours at a time. In order to maintain functionality and comfort for such a long time, our bodies need food, but most food items are cumbersome, spoil easily, melt at low temperatures, or are otherwise impractical as a portable food source. Perhaps the best solution for such a predicament is the wrapped granola bar. 

      Granola in mostly made of oats, which are high in healthy carbohydrates and contains protein, and when mixed with nuts, sugar and oil make an exceedingly yummy and solid bar that that will not spoil or melt. So all you need to do to keep your body running strong through a busy day is pack a nice crunchy granola bar, wrapped in an airtight material to keep it nice and fresh, while preventing it from getting crumbs everywhere. 

Opening a granola bar

    Sadly, it is not quite so simple. Granola bar wrappers, though simple in design, are anything but simple in operation. The tear-able ends of the package is oriented lengthwise, so that when one tears the package the tear will progress lengthwise along the bar. To make matter worse, the bar of food will frequently interfere with the tear, since the tear intersects the bar along it’s entire path, and curve off to the side, forcing the hungry human to have to then peel the seam of the wrapper apart. This allows access to the granola, but at what cost? The wrapper, now unable to hold crumbs, is in two pieces, and one in forced to eat the bars with no crumb catching sleeve around them.

Opened bar

Opened bar

   The solution is simple. Very simple. If the tear-able part of the wrapper was perpendicular to the granola bar and slightly offset off the edge of the bar so that it did not intersect, the bar could slide smoothly out and the wrapper could still be used as a sleeve, or folded back up in the event that someone had to put their granola bar away without finishing it. 

New design

New design

   I have designed a new wrapper out of aluminum foil that accomplishes the task with much less effort. By hand (using only a chopstick to aid in curling) An aluminum foil wrapper that will tear in a convenient lateral fashion can be made in about 30 seconds. 

How one opens the new wrapper

How one opens the new wrapper

 

Opened Bar

Opened Bar

01
October 6th, 2013 18:00

This is a simple solution. Why do you think nobody has implemented it?

02
michaelacker
October 7th, 2013 21:04

I honestly have no idea. Probably the same reason doors suck :o /

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