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Tastable cookbook - Award-winning product design of 2009

Tastable cookbook - Award-winning product design of 2009

Tastable cookbook

Want to taste a dish before you make it? Then the TEASER digital cookbook concept is for you.

Designed by Scott Shim of Ohio State University and Xi Calvin Chen of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, it sports a touchscreen and an edible print system with 18 "flavour" cartridges to recreate the taste of the dishes in the book.

There's even the option to tweak the taste of a dish if you don't like the printed sample, letting you tweak the recipe before you begin cooking.


The 2009 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) competition winners have just been announced. Co-sponsored by BusinessWeek magazine and the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), the awards are "dedicated to fostering business and public understanding of the importance of industrial design excellence to the quality of life and economy", says the IDSA.

Here are some of New Scientist's favourites from this year's awards, including a cookbook you can taste, shoes made from trash, and a genius cheese grater

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