by Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 4 August 2012

Imagine a food printer that takes a snapshot of food and extracts its aroma simultaneously, then prints a postcard with aroma inks via a sensor that mixes the inks in the machine. Yes, a Chinese industrial design student did dream up that concept, and has even made a prototype device of this food printer for a Sony competition. We’re not so sure about the invention, though. It is just slightly cruel to send yummy smells to a friend instead of calling for good old food delivery.