Humans love to feel special. We feel even happier when we know that what we are about to get is one of a kind. Perhaps, this is why designer stuff is so popular nowadays. Everyone wants to own something really exclusive. Things designed with special attention, therefore, garner higher prices.
But, it is not always about making money or making someone feel special. Sometimes, specially designed stuff can be really beneficial for a person. Which is why Japanese conceptual design studio Open Meals have recently announced something really interesting.
What is Open meals planning?
Open meals is planning to use some interesting items to aid in the creation of their tailor-made sushi. They are going to use saliva, feces, and urine to tailor their 3D-printed sushi to the customer’s nutritional needs.
To that end, Open Meals is going to open a new restaurant called Sushi Singularity in Tokyo. They plan to do this by 2020. The customer will need to send their biological samples to Open Meals in advance. Open Meals will then use those samples to evaluate their nutritional requirements.
How will it work?
After booking a reservation, the restaurant will send the customer a health-test kit. They will need to return the kit two weeks before the date of the meal. The samples collected will be sent to two health-technology companies. These companies have entered into a partnership with Open Meals.
One company is tasked with examining the urine sample to deduce the nutrition stats of your body. The other company will be responsible for testing your gut microbiome. Doing this will help them create food that will be beneficial for your guts and improve the conditions there. All the results will be then linked to a unique health id for every individual.
The health ID will then be uploaded in the machines which will then create the bespoke sushi. The sushi will be enriched with the specific nutrients that the individual is lacking.
The unique health ID, which contains the individual’s biodata, will be uploaded onto machines that will create bespoke sushi with nutrients that the individual is lacking. The creation process for the sushi has not been finalized yet. But, it will most likely involve a series of industrial mechanisms. Namely, a CNC machine, a 3D printer, and robotic arms will be used to build the sushi.
What about sushi?
The sushi itself won’t be plain and boring either. It will have an intricate design, a unique shape, and some interesting textures. 14 cylinders filled with different nutrients will be attached to the food -fabrication apparatus. These cylinders will then infuse the required nutrients in the food.
The process of infusion, however, isn’t finalized as well. They plan to either mix the nutrients during the creation process or build the sushi itself with those nutrients from the ground up.
Why did it take so long?
Advances in technology have made things like these increasingly feasible for food designers. As they continue to innovate, hyper-personalization is bound to become common for future foods. Based on DNA, urine, and intestinal tests, people will be able to enjoy super luxurious meals that will cater to every little need.
I, for sure, look forward to such a wonderful future.