Printing cookies

Downtime has nothing against eating healthily in principle – in principle – it’s just that all the things that taste so good rarely seem to be calorie-light or good for the arteries. And, as an office-dweller, Downtime is all too familiar with the chain effect caused when the person next to you starts eating something deliciously tempting.

So, good news comes from the 3D printing front. Jeffrey Lipton, a doctoral candidate at Cornell University, predicts that in the future the technology may be used to create tailor-made food for the user and perhaps even calibrated to the number of calories you burn over the day.

Cornell University’s Fab@Home lab printed what Lipton calls “data-driven cookies,” where 3D printers were used to print two cookies that each accounted for 10% of their respective caloric deficits. The cookies were the same size but composed of different ingredients, based on nutritional specifics.

Resisting making a clever quip about cookies in technology (because we can’t think of one), Downtime looks forward to the days of rustling up some experimental snacks without ever needing to leave our screens again.

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