3-D Printed Sushis might seem a little farfetched, going by the name. This is because the term 3-D Printing has not yet been associated with food and beverages in the past. However, a Japan-based company Open Meals have actually made the idea of 3-D Printed Sushis possible. When we say personalized, what we are referring to here are precisely personalized sushis – not just the color or shape, but the ingredient nutrients in the way your body needs.
This automated Sushi Technology from Open Meals is quite interesting. You have to actually give a sample of yourself in order to flavor their Sushis.
The way how Open Meals 3-D Printing Sushi technology works is really simple. It all starts with you making a reservation at the restaurant employing this technology. Once your reservation has been confirmed, you will be sent a Health Test Kit. You are expected to share your stool, saliva, and urine samples in those kits with the restaurant.
The body fluid samples that you shared are then analyzed in detail and the optimal level of Vitamins and Nutrients required for the body are calculated. The same is then added to your personally customized Sushis 3-D printed from edible materials. The Sushis are available in different tastes, color patterns, and flavors. The company may actually make these parameters customizable as well, in the future.
Some of the Sushis include in the expo at Austin included Negative Stiffness Honey Comb Octopus, Anisotropic Stiffness Steamed Shrimp, Micro-Pillar Saltwater Eel, Dash Soup Universe, and many more – all differing in color variants, geometrical shapes, ingredient combinations, and the fish used.
Apart from the specific Sushi case that we are referring to here, the concept and technology employed in this process are what could one day trigger a Robotic Food Revolution. Though the idea of having personalized food items is not new (ie what actually dieting does), the idea of automating the entire process is the eye catcher here.
This technology could be used in a lot of situations in the food space. Having a machine analyze your biological fluids to not just pull out the required combination of Vitamins, Minerals, and Proteins but also cook and deliver the same on your dining table is an example of taking automation in the food industry to the next level – It is similar to one of those high-tech kitchen robots that you see in Science Fiction movies, only that this is a lot more real.
At this point, it is not clear as to whether Open Meals would actually be keeping the technology to themselves or whether they will be offering a license to restaurants willing to implement this technology. There are also chances that, following in the same footsteps, other companies may come up with similar Robotic Systems to create highly customized dishes.