Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Digital Food Printer.

This may be the perfect gadget for me...because I'm not much of a cook. In the futuristic word we live in this gadget is right out of the Jetsons and challenges the question, "What if I just print' my food...?" Marcelo Coelho and Amit Zoran from MIT came up with a way to do just that!
The Cornucopia is a 3-D printer that prints food by storing, precisely mixing, depositing, and cooking layers of ingredients with out any waste.
Cornucopias’ printing process begins with an array of food canisters filled with the “cook’s” foods of choice. After a meal selection has been made using the device’s multi-touch translucent screen, users are able to see their meal being assembled while simultaneously manipulating real-time parameters, such as calories or carbohydrate content. Each ingredient is then piped into a mixer and then very precisely extruded, allowing for very exact and elaborate combinations of food. Once each ingredient has been dropped, the food is then heated or cooled by Cornucopia’s chamber or via the heating and cooling tubes located on the printing head. In fact, the ability to hyper-localize heating and create rapid temperature changes also allows for the creation of meals with flavors and textures that would be impossible to replicate with present-day cooking methods. 

 via inhabitat

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