In January 3D Systems launched the ChefJet™ 3D printer. Equipped with a Digital Cookbook, you can choose from the smaller monochrome printer or a larger colour printer to get your fill of amazing shaped confectionaries and cake toppings. With a variety of recipes included for chocolate, vanilla, mint, sour cherry and watermelon flavoured edible prints, start saving for a sub-$5000 ChefJet that you’ll be able to buy in the second half of 2014.
Yes, instagram and marshmallows have come together to create a personalised edible morsel, under the name of Boomf. The digital age is striking chords within the culinary world; it's social media meets edible media. You send your instagram in, it’s printed with edible ink on a marshmallow and “BOOMF!” you eat a memory.
Tellspec is a new BioTech device that can tell you the ingredients in your food and can track calories. All you have to do is point the remote at your chosen dish and it’ll tell you about the macronutrients in it like carbohydrates and gives the list of ingredients, obscure ones included.
LG is launching a new messaging service called HomeChat that lets you control your cooking appliances from wherever you want. All you do is send your appliance a text (obviously) with your demand and it will let you know when it has started. You can even ask it what it’s doing, to which it will always reply! Essentially texting your appliances, it’s exquisitely avant-garde.
A centre of design innovations, Electrolux Design Lab’s 2013 finalists included designs for ‘Global Chef’, an appliance that uses laser hologram technology so that you can cook with your (hologram) friends or take a cooking lesson. Or the 'Kitchen Hub', which manages your ingredients at home and lets you know if you're running low on anything and what you can make with what you've got. Maybe a mere idea and design, but definitely signs of what’s to come in our culinary future…