Would you make homemade pizza more often if you could “print”’ it? Barcelona-based Natural Machines aims to automate many kitchen tasks, but its Foodini food printer resembles a sleek desktop 3D printer more than any of the appliances already in your kitchen. And like its 3D-printing cousins, Foodini also lets users add in a dash of personal customization.
While it’s amusing to compare the Foodini to a futuristic Star Trek replicator, it’s more apt to call it an automated Play-Dough machine – it extrudes, not replicates, shapes. The device relies on the user still providing their own ingredients, or buying food capsules from the company, and loading them into the machine for shaping and finishing.
While Foodini’s inspiration was to automate the creation of sweets, such as dazzling chocolate sculptures or delicately precise cookies for example, the demo recipes span a wide range of cuisine. Anything that is soft and malleable is game for the Foodini: sauces, dough, batter, purees, meat and veggie fillings, chocolate and candy.
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