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Crowdsourcing smoothies on Twitter

Here’s a working smoothie-making machine that mines Twitter looking for tweets mentioning specific fruits or vegetables such as blueberry and pineapple for instance. This working prototype then produces a smoothie with a proportional blend of those flavors that were mentioned in the collected tweets. This brilliant machine was conceived “during a one-week visualization course at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design” by Kat Zorina, Ruben van der Vleuten, and Kostantinos Frantzis. This needs to be installed in my apartment um, stat. As a guy who can never figure out what he wants to eat or drink (I really just gluttonously want it all), I’m all in favor of a machine that makes this decision for me.

I’m hopeful this is evidence of yet another step we’ve taken towards the food replicator seen in Star Trek. If that thing existed in real life, one, my BMI would be grossly off the charts and two, I’d eat this every day. In Star Trek however, it appeared Captain Jean-Luc Picard used the replicator for far more banal requests such as “tea, earl grey, hot.” Hopefully though ordering tomato soup won’t be as complicated as it was on the show.

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