RESEARCH | Inventions that use new technology to reach novel goals are fascinating by definition. We make a big effort to be open-minded so as to allow for the widest possible scope of problem solving for those involved in THNK. Most of us want world peace, an end to world poverty, and a reversal of climate change. But an effortless wholesome meal will sound good to many of us, too.
United States scientists have come up with a new concept for meal creation. Although it might initially sound a bit crazy, this one seems to be viable at closer look. A concept has been introduced for a digital fabricator that will be able to print food from specific ingredients. How the concept is expected to work is that ingredients will be stored and refrigerated; these are then put into a mixing chamber and mixed, layers of the mixtures--in the desired combinations--will be cooked or cooled; and then printed onto a serving tray.
The concept has been introduced by two graduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Fluid Interfaces Group Media Lab: Amit Zoran (designer/engineer in algorithmic image process development) and Marcelo Coelho (designer and research assistant). According to the researchers, this move will usher in the digitalization of cooking technologies.