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MIT Students Invent a Digital Food Processor, “The Cornucopia”

cornucopia 3d food printerThe Massachusetts Institute of Technology, better known as MIT, is world renowned for its brilliant students and faculty. They are also known for innovative student projects that result in interesting inventions.

The Cornucopia, esoterically referred to as a “3D printer for food,” is a grad-student project concocted by Marcelo Coelho and Amit Zoran that has canisters attached to the top of the apparatus containing food and flavoring. The canisters refrigerate and store the user’s favorite ingredients. The Cornucopia mixes precise amounts of ingredients from the canisters to produce food.

The Cornucopia also has a rapid heating and cooling chamber that allows for, in their words, “the creation of flavors and textures that would be completely unimaginable through other cooking techniques.”

According to the the Fluid Interface research group’s website, where the inventors are doing their work, the Cornucopia also allows users to have ultimate control over the origin, quality, nutritional value and taste of every meal.

Until I see a final product, it will be a little tough to imagine mouth-watering cuisine coming from a 3D food printer. Regardless, it’s a fascinating concept.

(via: The Fluid Interface)

February 7th, 2010

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