Print healthy meals pronto
Forget ordering takeaway when you’re too exhausted to cook. The next big thing in kitchens is 3D food printers, designed to make healthy meals at the press of a button. US company Natural Machines is leading the charge with a device called Foodini that uses fresh ingredients to print healthier versions of processed foods such as burgers, pizza and pasta. The machine is already available for professional kitchens and a consumer version is in the works, with the company predicting they’ll be as standard as microwaves within 10 to 15 years. Wow! When they do arrive, Evans says it’s likely 3D printers will act as a personal nutritionist, connecting with everything from our Fitbits to fridges to plan and print tailored meals – like a protein bar that packs the exact nutrients your body needs post-run. “Artificial intelligence, in conjunction with the sensors we have either in applications or on our body and devices like 3D printers, could customise your nutritional intake based on what’s happening in your body right now and whether you’re trying to get well, get fitter or cure an illness,” Evans says. Mind-blowing. Your move: This app can’t cook your meals, but it can tell you how to optimise them: download Hapicoach (free, App Store and Google Play), snap pics of your meals and a nutritionist will provide feedback to help improve your eating habits. Now that’s customer service!