The device shown above (and don’t get your hopes up, that’s merely a conceptual image) would store a variety of raw food elements in cartridges. The cartridges would be swapped into the print head, which can hold several simultaneously. A 3D model, or “recipe” would drive the head to the right spots to deposit juicy material in a delicious pattern.
This “personal food factory” implies many things:
- A new (or enhanced) 3D data format would have to be designed to accommodate for the new food and cooking oriented features – heat sequences, wait times, etc.
- An ecosystem of recipe repositories would erupt, complete with rating systems, images and taste tests. And then: Pirate Food!
- A highly competitive industry providing raw food materials would emerge, likely starting from home food designers, but moving up to industrial scale operations, too
- Grocery store shelves would be stocked with Tassimo-like food factory cartridges, perhaps organized into “meal kits” containing all the ingredients and recipe files for themed events. We’d probably like the bean burrito package
- iPhone apps would permit selection of meals remotely, allowing one to eat immediately after arriving home
Ominous statement at the website: “This project is currently starting.”