Chefs can show you a thousand ways to cook a sushi but a few of them can bring a digital perspective in the way they cook them.

The story is still happening in Austin, just as the story of the 3D printed home for underserved communities. But this time it is the story of a Japanese digital start-up called Open Meals.

The food start-up wants to digitize the world’s food and then 3D print it. The company aims to implement a food database, a kind of iTunes for food that would be downloadable and 3D printable everywhere, even in space, hence the idea of ​​”Sushi Teleportation” shown in the video below.

Image: Open Meals

The company is still working on its food printing technology. They are actually waiting for a patent for their “Food Base”. But from what they showcased this week at SXSW, at Austin, Open Meals relies on pixelization.

Using their food printer, the chef firstly printed small cubes of edible gel, that contains dyes, flavors and nutrients which are all closer to the original product (here, sushi, maki and other touches of wasabi). Thereafter, the robotic arm assembles these “pixels” of food in order to recreate the appearance of the desired food.

Based on sushi data sent from Tokyo, a robotic arm will stack 5 mm edible gel cubes to reproduce pixellated sushi,” we can read on the company’s website. “The robotic arm making sushi just like a professional sushi chef is a must see!

Image: Jeffrey Powers / geekazine

It’s hard to say if the mass public will be attracted by Open Meals’ 3D printed sushi but one thing is certain, its food printing technology could be used in space and bring change in the astronaut’s diet.

It is probably not the last time we will hear about Open Meals…#StayTuned

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