A playful interface that inspires our imagination and helps us consider the future of food production and nutrition… just in time for the new Mars colonists 🙂
The Future Fruit Simulator is an innovative food customisation and printing system. From the Future Fruit BioLab you can access tools to create futuristic fruit based on actual plant development processes before sending it to a 3D Printer and is accessible on desktop computers, large multi-touch displays and in virtual reality (VR). > Project Process Blog.
This project demonstrates the potential for new collaborations across design and science and has implications for how we may adapt emerging technologies to promote personalised nutrition. Such a new field requires a combined effort to investigate, discover and deliver opportunities for accessible, sustainable, healthy practices.
Deb: Research and Design
Ryan Quagliata: Programmer
Wade Taylor: 3D Technical Artist
Impact – Public Engagement:
- World Science Festival Brisbane in March 2017. As part of a ‘Future of Food’ display (main photo above) 300,000+ attendances.The festival was founded by renowned Physicist Professor Brian Greene and Emmy award-winning journalist Tracy Day is held annually in New York for a decade… and in Brisbane has the exclusive licence to host World Science Festival in the Asia Pacific from 2016-21
- EKKA From August 11 to 20, 2017. The Future Fruit Simulator was invited to represent the QLD Department of Premier and Cabinet who budgeted $10,000 for art and installation of two large multitouch displays over a 5 metre wide and 2.5 metre high display at the QLD Government Precinct at the EKKA as part of the 140 years of Innovation in QLD Agriculture, a display that recorded up to 800 visitors per hour over the ten days.
- Scope TV – Network Ten On August 5, the Future Fruit feature story was filmed and broadcast on Network Ten Scope TV – Episode on ‘Cutting Edge Science’ Scope TV is a popular children’s science show broadcast every Saturday and repeated on Thursdays and produced in association with the CSIRO (see footage above)
Collaboration and Funding Phases:
- Simulation Design (2016)- designed a novel interface for users to experiment with the design of virtual fruit and for researchers to garner insights into consumer preferences for fruit shape, colour, textures and taste. The resulting Future Fruit modelling system is based on actual plant development biology.
– Scientist/Biologist Professor Roger Helens (QUT), Toshi and Robert (Plant and Food New Zealand)
– Computer Scientist – A machine learning system was also developed to analyse the likeness of the virtual fruit to existing fruits in order to understand what kinds of genetic modifications may be required to produce actual fruit based on the virtual models.
– IFE Catapult Initiative, QUT Round 1 – $41,000 for Programmer and 3D Technical Artist
- 3D Printing Integration (2017) The team improved the simulation system to prepare the fruit models and export a script to integrate the system with 3D Printers.
– Fabrication technicians assisted the design team experimented with the 3D printing of future fruit models using plastic prototyping materials only and additional processes and frameworks
- Print Materials Development (2018) and Gradient Print System development
– Materials Scientists -Professor Tim Dargaville and Dr Aurelien Forget , to develop new printing materials that are edible and new 3D printer functions that allow us to print gradient colours.
– Nutrition Scientist – Dr Jolieke van der Pols. The design team will also develop new features to the interface to include tastes and nutrient compositions in collaboration with ().
– IFE Catapult Initiative, QUT, Round 3 – $35,000 for Additive Materials research assistant to develop and test a new print material from an agar solution