Future Fruit is a fully operational food customisation interface. 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.
Future Fruit was recently developed at HUB Studio an experimental media lab at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Initially, researchers from both the Design and Science faculties collaborated to prototype a fruit modeling system to experiment with genetic modification specifications. However, the design team quickly realised that the modeling system we had created had the potential to be integrated with a 3D food printer. Future Fruit is potentially a playful way to deliver custom designed food with the addition of flavours and vital nutrients to people living in remote locations or in places where certain deficiencies are identified.
Future Fruit has been made with game development tools and approaches and subsequently can be accessed via normal desktop computers, touchscreens and also in virtual reality. Before commencing the design and development phase of Future Fruit, a Design Thinking Workshop was held at the School of Design with participants from Plant and Food New Zealand, Institute for Future Environments and HUB Studio.
A HUB Studio Project
At HUB Studio we take a Design Fiction (DesFi) approach which involves visualising future scenarios to design and build testable prototypes inspired by scientific theories and emerging technologies.
Funding / Grants
- Catapult Program, Institute for Future Environments (2016 - 2017)
Other Team Members
Prof Roger Hellens
Programming - Ryan Quagliata
Technical Art - Wade Taylor
Graphical Production - Sarah Quijano