Editor's note: Each week, we're scouting out amazing innovations, cutting-edge technology and, well, just really awesome ideas. Before it goes mainstream, it's going to be one of our favorite 5 Things From The Future!
Those frothy hearts and foamy ferns sure do look nice resting atop your morning latte. The artistic flourish of a skilled barista who, no doubt, just wants to put a little smile on your face.
But you know what might be better? That same smiling mug, in your mug. That's what this latte printer is delivering in perhaps the best use of humans inside coffee cups* since the baby mugging trend.
*We acknowledge this is a very niche competition.
The printers have been rolled out at popular Taiwanese coffee chain Let's Cafe and allow customers to upload and then print their portraits (and/or their cat's) on a latte. The machine uses cocoa powder for these caffeinated caricatures.
And while the printers don't represent the first time faces have adorned the frothy top of a latte (this guy is pretty much a wizard at it), handing the task over to a machine capable of rapid-fire, precise photorealistic cocoa creations is a pretty great way to bring this to a wide audience. Also a pretty great way to realize, while staring at your own edible likeness, that yes, you'll eat pretty much anything made of chocolate.
Take a look at the printer in action right after the rest of this week's very, very impressive Things From the Future!!
- Any camera can take a picture. Only this one can also capture the smell of your subject.
- 3-D printing for the people! New version of Windows includes native support for the revolutionary tool.
- Retweet > remote control. TV provider lets you record a show just by retweeting.
- The beer fridge that can only be opened by Canadians. Much to the frustration of a lot of Europeans. (vid below)
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