3D Printed Pasta, Easy-Bake Ovens, and Electronic Lollipops: Food Customization

by Joseph Flaherty on February 7, 2011

Cooking and eating are two of the most common activities where people customize their experience, be it with preparation or seasoning. I’ve seen a few cool stories over the last week or two that illustrate this potential nicely.

3D Printed Pasta

A modified 3D printer can extrude noodle material into custom shapes. It is a cool proof of concept, but you can imagine how this could potentially be a common place item in arty kitchens. 3D Printers can become quite cheap if you don’t care too much about resolution. Some enterprising chef just needs to think of a few cool dishes to show it off.

Easy Bake Oven Refills

The Easy-Bake oven is a weird product in that it has an ongoing trail of “Consumables” in the form of these refill kits, but are sold at toy stores, not supermarkets. I think a lot of people underestimate the difficulties of making customization work at retail.

Augmented Reality Lollipops

Students at a Japanese university have developed a cool accessory for lollipops that use vibration and bone conduction to help provide different sensations to customers. Based on the tilt of a sensor your get the sensation of fireworks or an “airplane” (I have no idea what that means). It may seem like a silly idea, but a Cleveland design firm created a $450MM business by turning a lollipop accessory into a super-duper toothbrush so this line of research has a lucrative pedigree.

via Alyssa

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