Israeli inventors enamored with 1960's science fiction hit Star Trek have created a food "replicator" that creates meals in 30 seconds.
(Israeli Genie food replicator)
The Genie, similar in size and appearance to a coffee maker, can produce an unlimited variety of meals using pods, that contain natural dehydrated ingredients. So whether salty or sweet, an appetizer or a dessert, the device can create the food you crave in 30 seconds.
Developed by Israeli entrepreneurs Ayelet Carasso and Doron Marco from White Innovation company, the device uses a mobile app to operate.
"The dish can be anything, it can be a meal like chicken with rice, like couscous with vegetable or an amazing Ramen or even a chocolate soufflé or any other desert that you want," Carasso explains.
"We're using only natural ingredients, we're not using any preservatives or anything that people add to their meals," she added.
Meals are prepared in 140 gram portions in a recyclable container.
At the push of a button on Genie's mobile application, the device begins mixing, shaking and adding any required liquids from tubes attached to the back of the compact machine which bakes or cooks the desired dish at the appropriate temperature.
The all-natural ingredients in the pods are freeze-dried and have a shelf-life of between one and two years.
They describe the idea as a real life version of Star Trek's 'replicator', a device used to synthesize meals on demand, on board the mythical starship.
Children of the Sixties of course remember the cool food synthesizer from Star Trek: TOS. You had to pick the card you wanted, rather than choosing with an app.