Though technology has come a long way these days, we’re still patiently waiting for the high-tech kitchen goodies we’ve glimpsed in science fiction like Back to the Future 2 and Star Trek. Well, we’re one step closer.
A new 3D printing device called the “Foodini,” developed by Natural Machines, is essentially a 3D printer for food. From pizza to cookies and a lot of cool stuff in between — it can make it happen. Seriously, you just load in the ingredient capsules and it will print you an edible dinner.
Here’s how Lynette Kucsma, co-founder of Natural Machines, explained the device to CNN:
"It's the same technology [as 3D printers], but with plastics there's just one melting point, whereas with food it's different temperatures, consistencies and textures. Also, gravity works a little bit against us, as food doesn't hold the shape as well as plastic … In essence, this is a mini food manufacturing plant shrunk down to the size of an oven.”
The first generation of the device still has some kinks to work out, but it’s a solid start. At the moment it can only print the food — not actually cook it — though they plan to include that feature in a future model. It also requires fresh ingredients, but they hope to team up with food manufacturers to produce prepackaged pods that will be good for up to five days. It’ll use no preservatives, in an effort to promote a healthier diet.
The current model costs $1,000, though Natural Machines sees this as the first step in a long line of devices. They go so far as to compare it to the microwave, which took a while to get going but is now a kitchen staple.
What do you think? Would you print your dinner?