Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Digital Age Cooking

PostedNovember 20, 2011

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Anchor Lede: Thanksgiving dinner could one day go high tech. A digital revolution in cooking might make even the worst cook's food perfect every time.

Randy Atkins: Imagine if you could vary sugar concentrations from one side of a cake to the other... cook a steak that has both rare and well done sections, or… 

Marcelo Coelho: could maybe subtract fat from one part of meat.

Randy Atkins: Marcelo Coelho, of M-I-T's Media Lab, is engineering a machine called “Cornucopia” that may bring cooking into the digital age. 

Marcelo Coelho: We believe that one day we’re going to be able to manipulate food in the same way that you manipulate photos in Photoshop.

Randy Atkins: Sharing would be easy too. Coelho says if he made a delicious lasagna, perhaps he could email you the precise digital recipe and... 

Marcelo Coelho: …that machine would make the lasagna exactly the way I designed it, or you could make adaptations. 

Randy Atkins: Grandma’s home cooking, or a slight alteration, at the press of a button! With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.