Food Simulator to Fulfill the Desire to Eat

Alessia Andreotti
September 10th 2013

What if in the future we won’t need to shop at the supermarket and to deal with pots and stoves? According to Renata Kuramshina and Caroline Woortmann Lima, master's students from Dessau Design Department of Anhalt University, we could just seat on a comfortable armchair and use some nasal and oral sensors to satisfy the desire to eat. This device, called Tenet, is designed to replicate the pleasure and emotions received from food and its rituals, without touching a fork or knife.

The machine's inventors suggest that in order to feel sated, we would not necessarily need to eat. As they explain: “The pleasure of eating is connected to our mechanisms of perception with the traditional classification of the five senses. Each of the five senses consist of interactions between organs with specialized cellular structures that have receptors for specific stimuli. These cells have links to the nervous system and thus to the hypothalamus part of the brain.
A restraint on physical hunger could be achieved depending on the accurate impacts of certain receptors. In consequence, such food simulation is purely ritualistic, we avoid ingesting extra calories, chemicals, obesity and step back from all unnecessary stimuli while still retaining a very personal and highly pleasurable experience of eating food. So, this object can help people to stay more natural in this chemical world”.

Their intentions are good, but what about the joy of gathering around the table with friends, the satisfaction of cooking for the ones you love, or the simple pleasure of going out for dinner? Are we ready to let technology replace these significant habits?

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