The crazy concept for the Cocoon Cooker -- a gadget that would grow meat and fish right in your kitchen -- got us thinking about the future of food, and all the high tech gadgetry that could be changing the way we eat.
Check out the weirdest high tech foods (and food-making gadgets), from the Electrolux Design Lab's 2009 design competition, in the slideshow below. Any of them appetizing? Vote on your favorites!
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Designer Nico Klaber describes Moléculaire: "It’s based on a layer-by-layer printing technique that arranges small particles from a set of ingredients. Within minutes, it prints out three-dimensional desserts, complex structures, shapes for molecular dishes, and patterns for decorating a meal. In addition, it’s easy to use. You simply insert a blister pack into the reservoir, place Moléculaire on top of a plate, and press the start button. Users can also create their own recipes with special software and their own ingredients. Ambitious users can download recipes and share them with other users in an online community."
Designer Dulyawat Wongnawa says, "With Teleport Fridge, consumers won’t need to shop for, and stock up on, groceries every week. This concept eliminates the time people have to spend and distance they will have to travel to get fresh produce for cooking. Moreover, the produce will be much fresher than the produce found in supermarkets and grocery stores."
Designer Penghao Shan says the Water Catcher is, "a flying rain catcher and water purifier. This automated device dispatches small flying balls in the air to catch raindrops. After the raindrops are collected, the balls return to a homing tray that purifies the water for drinking. Once purified, the balls take the drinking water directly to a person to be drunk. The homing tray also reads fingerprints to determine what additives should be added to the water to ensure the drinker optimizes their health."
The Egg, another concept from the Electrolux Design Lab, is designed to be an all-in-one cooking and food preparation unit that "unfolds like a flower from a cylindrical starting position." The blog Design Launches writes,"The wings function as three separate platforms that provide a place to prepare food, a cooking surface and a washing facility. The egg is also equipped with an interactive holographic projector that allows the user to find information online to create recipes or get cooking instructions."
Origin Bubbles is food in a bubble. "Self-contained, palmed-size packets, the Origin Bubbles electronically regulate the temperature of food molecules. These molecules are then transformed into tasty, real life dishes at the touch of a button. The Origin Bubbles are able to store different types of food molecules so that a complete meal can be dispensed whilst reducing the storage space, energy, and water required for conventional food preparation," writes Electrolux.