You’ve probably heard of food tech – but what is it? Does that mean robots will take over our kitchens? How will the food we eat be changed by the new technology?
Industrial robots and technical aids such as computerized irrigation systems are already being used in the food industry and the trend is only looking to grow. The areas of use are constantly expanding and as our smart homes become ever smarter, more areas will receive technical support. How about, for example, a smart refrigerator that warns when vegetables are going bad, or when milk goes old.
Suppose you are having a dinner. You buy the cultured meat online and have it delivered to your home by transport with drones. With the help of a digital scanner, you can find out nutritional content in vegetables such as tomatoes and cucumbers, to make sure you get all the nutrients you need. Foodtech is not just a trendy utopia – to some extent technology in food already a reality.
Cultured meat – soon on your plate
Experiments with the cultivation of meat have been going on for a long time now and in the autumn of 2013, at a press conference in London, burgers were cooked on farmed meats. In the future, it may also be possible to grow products that feel more like real piece details – cutlets, fillets, and steaks. Cultivated meat that can be sold in a commercial market would be a major breakthrough, as production is considered more environmentally friendly than industrial meat production.
Smart kitchen keeps you healthy
If you are allergic or have to keep a certain diet, there is already help to get. But in the future, you will receive tips on what to eat, as well as warnings if you are about to get something inappropriate. For diabetics and nut intolerant, accurate information can be a matter of life or death.
Of course, if you want to maintain a weight-loss diet or gain control of your blood pressure, it can be helpful from a nutritional perspective. A “brain” refrigerator can tell you what you should eat to get the right amount of protein, fat, and carbohydrates.
A kind of scanning of the needs and tips on how to best meet the needs – to keep you as vibrant and healthy as possible.
It is also talked about clean analysis tools in smart homes – for example, there are ideas for a toilet that can take urine samples – which is analyzed in the smart home computer system. This way you can be warned of any deficiencies, or get information about any infection found in the body. If you get indications that something is wrong, you can get the advice of a doctor for further checks.
Food robots for cultivation and food production
Robots are a common feature in the food industry and modern milking machines are among the first examples of the new spirit of the times. When these machines came it seemed incredible and many wondered if they could really work. And of course it was a bit tricky in the beginning. Now the robot technology is so refined that the moments of movement are minimized – all in order to avoid stress and discomfort for the animals. At the same time, precise machines save a lot of time for dairy farmers.
Not to mention how much manual milk handling rubbed the body on the poor farmers. Similarly, robots are being tested for cultivation – sowing, watering, weeding, harvesting and sorting. Many of the elements involve a difficult work posture and heavy workload, so even if some are afraid to get rid of the job, it should be seen as a relief if robots take over these tasks.
Foodtech takes over the kitchen
We’ll probably have to wait a few years until the fully-fledged artificial intelligence robot can trade ingredients for the favorite dish and cook the food so it’s ready when we get home. But already more and more smart home appliances are starting to emerge in the market.
However, it is important to watch out – for the word “smart” is trendy and in many cases it is just one word – without much content. A machine that we would consider smart is if it has some kind of helpful added value.
For example, it can be an oven that can weigh the chicken, adjust the temperature and calculate exactly when the chicken is done. Then it shuts down and you get a signal that the food is ready. Other examples may be a deep fryer that calculates cooking time, or a freezer that tells when a certain food is over.
Foods of the future
Many people believe that grocery stores will disappear in the future. Instead, we will shop for food online and have it delivered to your doorstep. It sounds comfortable, doesn’t it? However, the meal itself will consist, for food is more than just putting in a pill with “everything we need”. The company, the relaxation, the sense of smell and taste are basic to us people and the hand on the heart – is there anything that is more enjoyable than a really good dinner?
However, what we eat will change.
Here are some new foods we can see in the store in the near future:
- Cultured meat
- Nutrition scanned vegetables
- Boosted crops (fortified with vitamins and minerals)
- Larvae and insects
- Custom crops (eg diabetic potatoes)
- Allergy safe food