The Cocoon, which would ‘grow’ its own meals, won the Electrolux competition
A controversial cooker that ‘grows’ meat and fish by heating animal cells in your kitchen claimed first prize in the Electrolux design competition.The invention, called Cocoon, could develop food with the make-up and nutrients of real meat. (Pics and video)
Mr Hederstierna, 27, said: ‘This will create 100 per cent pure meat without the need for animals to be killed and with no risk of contamination. It will change everything.’
A food generator is a popular concept in science fiction programmes such as Star Trek.
Swedish industrial design student Rickard Hederstierna, 27, said it could tackle food shortages as the world’s population spirals.
And the glass cooker, which would heat pre-mixed food packets containing muscle cells, oxygen and nutrients, would put an end to messy and time-consuming preparation.
Competition panelist David Fisher, design director of consultants Seymourpowell, described the invention as ‘controversial’.
He said: ‘Dealing with controversial issues and managing them sensitively is very important. Real insight fed this idea. It deals with a problem (of food shortages) that won’t go away and we are going to have to deal with it in future.’
Other designers also tackled chores that are the bane of the busy homeowner’s life.
This steamer would let you clean and iron clothes in seconds
The kitchen of the future could have a fridge that teleports food from around the world and a flying rain-catcher that would pour cool water whenever you were thirsty
A two-second steamer that cleans and irons clothes and a fridge that teleports food direct to the kitchen have been unveiled as the time-saving appliances of the future.
The steamer’s designer Louis Filosa, 23, from Chicago in the US, said: ‘I wanted to turn the family laundry day into a laundry second.
By the year 3000, housewives could also be served water by a flying rain-catcher that knows how thirsty you are, according to tomorrow’s industrial designers.
Eight quirky inventions made the shortlist. A sun lounger that washes your clothes while you lie back and relax was also included.
Designers created a 3D molecular food printer and a robotic greenhouse that could be used for a journey to Mars called ‘Le Petit Prince’
This sun lounger would wash your clothes while you relaxed by passing negative ions through the grass, which would react with self-cleaning chemicals in the garments
The machine relies on nano-coated fabrics, which have a reactive chemical covering, becoming the norm over the coming decades.
The Naturewash sun lounger runs negative ions through real grass on its surface, which act as a catalyst for self-cleaning chemicals in the garment. It even add the odour of flowers to your underwear.
Meanwhile, a food ‘printer’ could pipe food molecules from a computer-programmed blister pack to create intricate starters, cake and sweets.
Loading the dishwater would be a far more enjoyable experience with this wall-mounted cleaner so you wouldn’t need to bend down
And to wash up the plates will be a wall-mounted double dishwasher that saves you from bending down and provides space for dirty dishes while one machine is in motion.
Those travelling further afield could make use of ‘Le Petit Prince.’ The robotic greenhouse was designed for use on a long journey to Mars.
Henrik Otto, of Electrolux, said: ‘The designs have been innovative and exciting. Our homes will be revolutionised over the next 90 years as products work together with humans to make a faster, simpler and more desirable home life.’
Watch video of the winning design…
Via Daily Mail