This time of year is full of fairy lights, heartwarming Christmas films and a bevy of presents. Technology enables us to enjoy the season more than ever before. Yet technology is rapidly changing, leading us to wonder what the future will mean for our favourite festive season. In this post, we take a look at how tech will change the celebrations in years to come.
3D printed Christmas dinner
The Amazon report, crafted by William Higham of consultancy firm Next Big Thing and leading food researcher Dr. Morgaine Gaye, examines the future of Christmas. The authors of the report noted that several technologies will become a staple of households. This included the use of 3D printing to create traditional (and non-traditional) desserts for the Christmas feast. Using 3D printers, people will be able to fashion complex and aesthetically-pleasing pieces of sugary artwork.
Dr Gaye said:
“For many, an impressive feast is what makes Christmas. Soon, we will be adding even more of a homemade touch to our Christmas spreads, from using hydroponic technology to help us grow fruit and vegetables in our kitchens, no matter how small, to 3D printing helping us to create stunning edible artworks for dessert.”
Nowadays we eat desserts like Christmas pudding and mince pieces after the main event. 3D printing looks set to replace more traditional fare with structures molded into our favourite Christmas time shapes and symbols.
Other futuristic predictions for future festivities
The report also noted that communications advances are likely to change the festive season. The authors refer to holographic imaging in particular. This technology has the capacity to project 3D images of friends and family into our homes. The futurists also suggested that we will also be able to experience ‘hugs’ from loved ones who are overseas through the use of haptic clothing that recreates the touch ‘motions’ that we experience when we hug each other.
LED wallpaper will provide the warm, festive, fairy-light glow we are so accustomed to at this time of year.
3D printing for the sweet toothed
3D printing has been utilised for a number of sweet foods. 3D Systems' Sugar Lab was made famous in 2014 for their elaborate cakes and sweets, printed from impressive designs using a confectionery-friendly 3D printer. The designs have been affectionately referred to as ‘cakebots’ by fans of the business.
Dinara Kasko, a pastry chef, has since become an Instagram sensation after photos of her colourful 3D-printed pastry designs were ‘followed’ by many on the platform.
3D printing: The future of Christmas dessert
According to the experts, we will soon be filling up our dessert bowls with edible 3D-printed Christmas designs. How else might 3D printing impact our future Christmases?