Cornucopia from MIT could be the next form of artificial food

by Mark R

mit-food-printerYou know what you are looking at? Is it a dozen eggs that were laid by chickens of the future? No, but it is the food of the future.

Allow me to elaborate. This is the Cornucopia, a food preparation machine that is developed by Marcelo Coelho and Amit Zoran, two designers at MIT.

Think of the Cornucopia as an early stage of the food synthesizer from Star Trek. Remember that machine that would give you any food that you wanted? Well, this is a 3D food printer.

Essentially, what you see in those strangely-shaped capsules are flavors. By mixing them together, you get “the creation of flavors and textures that would be completely unimaginable through other cooking techniques”.

So, if you want to eat some lasagna, just mix two parts green, with three parts orange, and four parts red. I honestly don’t know if you can bring these combination together as a liquid or a solid.

Maybe the end result is that goop stuff that you see Neo and the others eating in The Matrix. As I recall, it tasted like “runny eggs” or “a bowl of snot”. I can’t imagine that the Cornucopia would be a cornucopia of good tastes. But this is MIT developing this, so who knows how it might taste.

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Neagle Says: January 25, 2010 at 3:12 pm

The other day I ate a potatoe chip that tasted like a hot dog with onion, mustard and relish. Just becuause you can does not make it an instantly marketable product. This project is with merrit and I am sure will lead to new product development in the future, perhaps a medicine that taste like chicken tenders and a better understanding of taste. For now though, I will return to check on my beef stock attempting to pull flavore and nutrain the natural way.

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