Would You Try 3D-Printed Meat?

Would You Try 3D-Printed Meat?

Free-range? Grass-fed? How about 3D-printed next to the Nespresso on your kitchen island? That could be the beef of the future, friends. And two German design students have ginned up the latest plans for a slick-looking machine that could make it.

Sarah Mautsch and Aaron Abentheuer, students at Germany’s University of Applied Sciences Schwäbisch Gmünd, came up with the concept, which joins other makers of fake animals, like Beyond Meat and Modern Meadow. It’s called the Cultivator, and it’s a bioprinter. Scientists are already toying with bioprinting to create human organs–but the designers envision the Cultivator being open source, running on solar power, and having a user interface as friendly as an iPad. The idea is to imagine a device that makes churning out chicken cutlets on your countertop seem slightly less strange.

Edible, synthetic creatures don’t sound tasty–or cheap–at this point, but that’s not stopping researchers from developing these technologies further. After all, the need for it is enormous, considering the livestock industry accounts for almost 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Not to mention the issue of how humanely those animals are sometimes treated. The Cultivator is just a conceptual prototype that’s meant to start discussion: Mautsch told Dezeen that as more parties get involved with this technology, it might get cheaper and more accessible to average consumers.

So, what are the odds that you’d plop victimless sirloin on the dinner table? Note that Designcurial says the gizmo would print food in “arbitrary shapes.” Sustainable and cool, or just too weird?

[Cultivator via DesignCurial, Dezeen and 3DPrint.com]

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The Key to Longer-Lasting Smartwatches Might Be Stupidly Simple

The Key to Longer-Lasting Smartwatches Might Be Stupidly Simple

Smartwatches are not endowed with the greatest battery life, thanks to the limited space available. But for the increasingly large number of circular smartwatches on the market, there’s one simple change that could yield a quarter more power: stop trying to fit rectangular batteries into round bodies.

LG Chem, the battery-making division of Korean manufacturer LG, is releasing a hexagonal battery aimed at circular watches, claiming that by filling empty space with extra battery, you’ll get more time away from the charger (flawless logic, I know). The company seems to have a point: if you look at, say, the Moto 360’s logic board in iFixit’s teardown, it is clear that there’s some wasted space around the edges of the battery.

Whether it turns out to give an extra 25 percent juice remains to be seen, but the concept is certainly sound — and with wearable devices being made in all sorts of weird shapes and sizes, oddly-shaped batteries are probably going to become the norm.

[9to5Google via Engadget]

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