From the supermarket with no employees to “tattooing” fruits and vegetables with a laser, Swedish enterprises are stepping their supermarket game up. Say goodbye to stick-on labels that ruin the taste of your product and welcome plastic-free laser branding.
Honey, I shrunk the… stove? Let us introduce you to the wonderful world of tiny cooking. The avid YouTube user probably already discovered this viral trend in 2014, but a recent Kickstarter campaign is bringing the miniature utensils to our real-sized kitchens.
We all crave a freshly tapped glass of milk every now and then. That’s why designers Anastasia Eggers and Ottonie von Roeder came up with Cow On Tour, a winning concept to tap your own milk from a cow around the corner. The cow in question carries a milk machine on its back, which is driven by methane gasses from its own farts, turning the animal into a walking vending machine for milk.
By taking a look at human evolution, we quickly notice that food gathering and production – also known as agriculture – has always been an important constant in our daily life, at least for most of our ancestors. With the industrialization of food this changed drastically and disconnected nine out of ten people from the production of the fuel that powers our bodies. Now that our “hunting ground” is the supermarket, we lost that connection with soil, animals, plants, seasons and climate, but also the direct link between labor and income.
Meet Chef 3D, the commercial 3D pizza printer that takes your order via a smartphone app. Simply select your pizza ingredients and the pizzabot will be on its way. Last year, the company behind the robotic chef obtained a grant from NASA to develop the project. Later this year, Chef 3D will make its appearance at theme parks, sports stadiums and shopping malls. Compared to human workers, “the robot is faster, cleaner, and more consistent”. And besides that, it will be possible to upload a jpg image to the menu and the robot will mimic it to perfection. Buon appetito!
Source: Business Insider. Image: Jeffrey Hosier
In a corner of the Dizengoff shopping center in Tel Aviv there is a wooden kiosk selling fresh greens and herbs. It’s called Honesty Stand and it’s an unexpected oasis in the multitude of chain stores and food courts that you can find in every mall. This modest vegetable stand depends on the honor system: no staff or cashier, customers take what they need and leave the money in a box. Does it work? Yes, 80% of people do pay. Thanks to the high quality and affordable prices, the produce sells out easily and the stand has to be replenished four times a day, but that’s not difficult as the vegetables are grown on the roof of the shopping center.