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Japanese Scientists Demonstrate a Food Replication Machine

Japanese Scientists Demonstrate a Food Replication Machine

If you’ve ever seen one of the Star Trek TV series, you’ve probably noticed the miracle food replicators which could instantly create any dish or beverage on demand. The replicators were an innovation that was simply too good to be true. However, a group of scientists in Japan are attempting to make a similar concept into a reality. Team Open Meals has released a short concept film called Sushi Teleportation, and it imagines a future in which a chef in Tokyo can create a delicious sushi dish before digitally sending it anywhere on the planet, or even beyond.

Via SoraNews24, Team Open Meals is attempting to use its Pixel Food Printer as a way to bring this sci-fi idea to life. The goal is to make the machine accurately recreate the look and taste of food that has been scanned and analyzed for flavor and texture. Unfortunately, it’s not quite as easy as it looks on TV or even in this concept film. Currently, the Pixel Food Printer can only stack “5-millimeter cubes of colored, flavored gelatin” in a shape that resembles the outline of food. It isn’t exactly mouthwatering to behold, but it’s a very intriguing idea.

Is this really the future of food? It may seem primitive now, but Team Open Meals is aiming to shrink the size of its food cubes to between 1 and 3 millimeters, which could allow later iterations of the Pixel Food Printer to be even more accurate with the taste and shape of its replicated food. We’re eager to see where these possibilities take us in the years to come.

What do you think about the Pixel Food Printer? Are you hungry for some digital sushi? Let us know in the comment section below!

Image: Team Open Meals

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