The future is here, but unfortunately it doesn’t taste very good just yet.
Open Meals want to create an online digital food marketplace, where flavours and textures can be downloaded and printed. The ‘Food Base’ is what iTunes is for digital music, and stores measurements of flavour, shape, colour, nutrients and texture. Users will also have the capability to upload food data.
The second part of the process is a 3D printer, a robotic arm which prints ‘food pixels’ and constructs them into food. The printer is designed to mimic the food, with the aim of reducing the size of pixels in order to increase the realistic look of the food.
However, coding the flavours is proving challenging, and apparently tastes nothing like real food.