Food is one of the fundamental ingredients of life.
We cannot go a day without it before experiencing discomfort and the kinds of food we eat and how we eat them are closely intertwined with our cultural practices, physical environments and personal health. Nonetheless, we have been cooking progressively less.
While digital media has transformed every facet of society, the fundamental technologies we encounter in the kitchen today provide only incremental improvements to the tools we have been using for hundreds of years.
In order to bring our cooking technologies to the digital age, we have developed several prototypes and concept designs that combine digital technologies and food. Our hope is that this work will provide a glimpse at the new aesthetic, technical and cultural possibilities, which can be brought forth by a new, digital gastronomy.
Marcelo Coelho is an artist, designer and researcher whose work dwells in the intersection of human-computer interaction, materials science and design. He is an inventor of paper computers, shape changing composites, interactive garments, and digital gastronomy.