When we think of the future of food, here at Foodiful HQ we are generally thinking of which food is going to be next to get the glitter treatment. But over at the South By South West trade show, this company is getting truly digital
Open Meals, a Japanese start-up, debuted a sushi-making robot who churns out incredible pixelated sushi, 3D printed on the fly.
Technically the sushi is edible – but by the sound of it you won’t want to try it yet.
‘The taste is still under development, but we're sure it will improve eventually,’ Takashi Koyama, spokesperson for Open Meals’ ad agency, Dentsu, told SBS Food.
The individual bits are made by funneling water down to the arm, with flavours, colours and nutrients added in along the way before being put carefully in place. Sounds … technical.
The grand plan, according to Open Meals is to create ‘the iTunes of food’. The company wants to create a “food base” filled with instructions on how to recreate food, bit by bit, from information stored online and in memory cards.
At the moment the technology means the ‘pixels’ are massive and makes the food looks like it dropped right out of Mario Bros - but as the technology improves Open Meals is confident their food will become more realistic.
Recovering caffeine-addict and serial bruncher Eliza Murray feels most at home typing away in a cozy cafe with her re-mortgaged avocado toast nearby. When she isn't reporting on the latest Instagram-shattering glittery food trends, she can be found experimenting with new gin garnishes (hello strawberries!) or biting into an entire wheel of brie (no shame). She tweets @theothereliza