Lasers are the future of food prep (and everything else)

In our dreams for the future, lasers are everywhere. They surround us, they bind us, and on occasion (hopefully without any searing pain), they penetrate us. Andrey Kokorin is working hard to extend this philosophy into the kitchen, with his concept for a sort of three-dimensional laser food processor thing called Blitz.

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The design for Blitz, which is Kokorin's submission to this year's James Dyson Award, appears to be based off of the machine from Carl Sagan's excellent book and not-quite-terrible movie, Contact. You know, this one. Or maybe it's just a coincidence. The similarity comes from those three rings, which are electromagnetically levitated inside Blitz and have lasers that can zip around inside them while they rotate at high speed. All you have to do is put some food inside, tell Blitz how you want it prepared, and the machine will scan and zap faster than you can say, "they should've sent a poet."

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As with all the best concepts, there's precious little information on how Blitz actually manages to do what it does. That's okay, though, because if we knew more, we could probably start pointing out ways in which it couldn't possibly work, and this way we can just lie back, close our eyes, and dream of a future in which all of our food is neatly blasted into mathematically identical bite-sized chunks, seasoned with a smattering of high-energy photons. Yum.

Watch a rendering of this thing doing its thing in the thing below.

James Dyson Award, via PSFK

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