The Japanese company Open Meals, known for its efforts to make futuristic food from the 3D printer suitable for everyday use, plans to produce sushi with the 3D printer based on the biological properties of its customers.
The Japanese company has big goals: their 3D printer should make it possible to print food from anywhere in the world. To be able to print food, however, the device first needs the correct information for each course. They want to create sushi for individual customers, which is not produced on the basis of the order on a menu, but on the basis of saliva, urine and stool samples of its customers.
“Hyper-personalisation will become common for future foods. Based on DNA, urine and intestinal tests, people will each have individual health IDs,” said Open Meals. “This identity is analysed, and nutritional matching is performed to match nourishment needs with biometrics, thus the person is automatically provided with the optical diet,” explained the brand.
When the 3D printer has accumulated all the necessary data, it can produce the desired food. The small robot arm prints individual pixels consisting of edible gel. According to print order, the gel pixels are enriched with different flavors, nutrients and food coloring and finally printed in the appropriate shape and color.
Open Meals presented its 3D printed sushi last year at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin under the title “Sushi Teleportation”. Here, the restaurateurs showed how each perfect cube of sushi not only tastes good and benefits your health, but also looks like a work of art.
Sushi Singularity is offered as a reservation only experience. How it works, according to a stylized promotional video, guests planning to dine at the Sushi Singularity receive a post-health health check kit. The restaurant invites guests to return a vial of their waste and liquid samples. The restaurant then analyzes what nutrients the person needs before sending this data to a 3D printer with large robot arms. When they visit the restaurant, these nutrients are added to their 3D printed dinner.
“There will be 14 cylinders with different nutrients attached to the food-fabrication machine and when it 3D prints a dish of sushi, for example, some nutrients that are necessary for the customer will be added automatically,” said Open Meals.
“We are still working on how they are added. One way is to mix them into the ingredients. Another possibility is to add them as a source of the sushi,” the brand elaborates.
The company plans to introduce Sushi Singularity in Tokyo sometime in 2020.