Would it not be super cool to eat pancakes with your own face printed on it? Looks like we are getting closer to the dream of 3D printed selfie eatables.
UK design firm Kinneir Dufort has created a machine that makes use of facial recognition and 3D printer filled with pancake batter and a griddle to create customized pancakes with your name and image of one’s face.
The machine uses embedded face recognition and tracking software to dispense batter directly onto a hot plate layer by layer. As the conventional pancake batter is applied, it immediately starts to cook and change color, and subsequent layers affect the tone of the image.
Apparently achieving the perfect result is ‘a delicate balance between batter viscosity, speed of application and maintaining the correct temperature on the plate.’ The whole process does not take more than five minutes. Kinneir Dufort senior electronic designer James Torbett said, “the technology uses a digital camera combined with image processing libraries to perform face tracking and extraction.” The software of the machine turns this into contours for the batter dispenser. The darkest areas are deposited first, through four distinct shades to the lightest areas.
The whole process delivers a truly delightful and entertaining experience. Director Ian Hollister explains, “The real challenge was to create a program that enables the picture to be completed from start to finish within the exact timescale for the overall pancake to cook.” If the time is too less, the darker tones would not be achieved, if too long, the pancake would burn.
However, it is still at its conceptual stage and has a long way to go, stated Rolls, the spokesman for the company. It is not yet figured out how to combine photos and printed pancakes into an edible selfie product.
Britain’s recent Pancake Day celebration paved a way for Kinneir Dufort to capitalize on the craze.