Where’s My 3D Printed Food?
I was obsessed with 3D printed foods for a short while after the Ubi kickstarter campaign. What amazing things will people come up with? Many years later, and I still await the revolution. It’s coming, but slowly and not visible to us.
Instead of the innovation smacking us in the face with a new type of food, or a keto bun, its happening on the edges. Micro farming means that new types of plants that don’t need huge industrial farms to grow are becoming available. Small scale means new plant types and flavours. It means more ghost peppers and fewer bells.
The other innovation is in robotics. I’m surprised that the Creator Burger restaurant is still open and attracting customers in SF long after the hype has subsided. We need more devices that will be able to move things around the kitchen, remove packaging, discard items, cut them up into different shapes, take them from the oven to the fridge and back.
The last area will be the intelligence to coordinate all of the cooking. June oven is building intelligence into how items get cooking (how long, what temperature). More programs that incorporate varying cooking levels and times will slowly be phased in and they can get feedback whether the cook worked out well.
For a long time, it’s going to seem like a lot of disparate technologies will be developing slowly. Then, maybe it’s around 2025, we’ll be hit by the first wave of device that put it all together and allow for ways of cooking that wouldn’t be possible with intelligence, automation, and robotics. I don’t know what it’ll look like but it will be cool.