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MooBella On-Demand Ice Cream Vending Machines [the future is now]

Get out of my dreams and into my car: MooBellla is a fully-automated touch-screen controlled kiosk that makes ice cream on demand. Bringing together twelve different flavors, three different mixes, and two different ice cream types (premium and light), it allows for up to 96 different varieties. Make your selection, and 45 seconds later, you [...]

Bud Light's Grooler Combines a Grill and a Cooler [video]

During Sunday NFL games, Bud Light has been running a series of "Tailgate Approved" parody infomercials for a bunch of seemingly-fake products including the Foozie, a combo foam hand / beer coozie, and the Tailgate Companion, a jacket for a dog with sleeves to hold beers and condiments. But you can, in fact, buy [...]

Super-Fast Pancake-Sorting Flexpicker Robots [video]

Humans used to stack the pancakes by hand, but in a bid to reduce labor costs, HoneyTop Pancakes switched to a robot solution from ABB Robotics. In their machine, pancakes on a conveyor belt are fed into an enclosure where the insect-like Flexpicker robots grab and stack the pancakes at a truly astonishing speed, at [...]

Meat-Growing Cocoon Concept Wins Electrolux Design Lab 2009 Competition

Cocoon by Rickard Hederstierna. View larger.
The meat- and fish-growing "Cocoon" designed by Rickard Hederstierna of the Lund Institute of Technology in Sweden won this year's Electrolux Design Lab 2009 competition that challenged industrial design students around the world to create home appliances following the theme “Designs for the next 90 years." The cocoon is a [...]

BBC Commercial for Household Chef Robot, 1966 [video]

Here's a fake commercial for Mabel the Robot Housemaid from a 1966 episode of the BBC show Tomorrow’s World, which focused on future trends in science and technology: "Unlike human housemaids, Mabel never tires, never grumbles, never takes a day off. She's also a Cordon Bleu chef. She'll cook what you like, the way you [...]

The Future of Candy on The Tomorrow Show With Mo Rocca and Special Guest Frank Bruni [video]

In the latest episode of The Tomorrow Show, a weekly webcast about the future, Mo Rocca investigated the future of candy, visiting Jelly Belly headquarters and Mother Murphy's Laboratories, a flavoring company. Turns out the future of candy apparently includes exotic flavors like acai and pomegranate, flavor fusions like chili-mango, and chocolate inhalers. Definitely [...]

The Future of Food from the Electrolux Design Lab

From left: "Le Petit Prince" robotic greenhouse, "Moléculaire" 3D molecular food printer, "Teleport Fridge"
Here are some of the finalists in the Electrolux Design Lab 2009 competition that challenged industrial design students around the world to create home appliances following the theme “Designs for the next 90 years." From fridges that teleport food, a cocoon [...]

Wallpaper* Magazine on the Future of Food

September issue of Wallpaper*. View larger

Food Printer. Photo via wallpaper.com
The September issue of Wallpaper* explores the future of food (see also the associated slideshow) as imagined by Philips, the consumer electronics company, including a Nutrition Monitor scanning wand that can measure the nutritional value of food paired with a sensor you ingest to achieve optimal [...]

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