CES 2023: 5 foodtech innovations and gadgets
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One of the biggest technology events of the year, CES 2023, took place in Las Vegas, Nevada on 5-8 January. With a large variety of topics covered, including food technology, AI, sustainability and robotics and drones, CES attracts a large number of exhibitors from all over the world eager to unveil their latest tech, and attendees keen to discover what’s in store for the imminent future.
CES 2023 partnered with the World Academy of Art and Science to showcase technologies that help human security, with sustainability being one of the themes at the forefront of this year’s event.
Leading sensory science and data company Aromyx showcased its consumer-facing product recommendation AI technology at CES 2023.
The company’s technology recommends consumers food, drink and fragrance that match their tastes. The personalised suggestions are based on human biological responses to taste and smell and AI rather than on purchasing behaviour.
To identify consumers’ likes and dislikes, Aromyx conducts lab screening and analysis to measure how a product’s taste or smell would be perceived by the target audience and conduct customers’ research through an in-person or online questionnaire. The company then utilises this data to build a custom consumer-facing interface to access the customers’ product profile database which they then use to help shoppers in search of products that match the profile of what they like.
“Why guess what consumers will like when you can know? Curating your consumers’ decision set can mean the difference between a shopper’s confident purchase vs. their abandoning the intended purchase. Our sensory science helps retailers make data-driven product recommendations that leverage our unique insights about human taste and smell,” said Elise Kern, Senior Vice President, Data and Insights, Aromyx. “For the first time, consumers can receive food, beverage and perfume recommendations based on objective measurements of taste and smell that match their individual preferences and discover products they may not have otherwise.“
EverCase has build a food storage gadget to prolong the life of produce without freezing it solid.
To avoid water expanding in food once it’s frozen, thus changing its taste and texture, EverCase uses electric and magnetic fields to keep food below 0°C without ice crystals forming. It also delivers the same microbial control of freezing, but without spoiling the texture, flavour, or nutritional value of produce. It can be used in standard freezers, but food comes out fresh and supple, rather than rock solid.
Samsung showcased a number of innovative kitchen appliances at CES 2023, including its Bespoke AI Oven. When the oven is set to cook a recognised dish using the cooking mode, temperature and time the oven recommends, by utilising an internal camera and AI it can detect if the dish is at risk of burning and sends the user a notification. The technology can also analyse the user’s diet and workout goals and suggests recipes using ingredients that the user already has at home.
Korean foodtech company Nuvilab aims to reduce food waste and help consumers make better nutritional choices with their app Nuvi Scanner. By taking a picture of a plate of food, the AI scans its calories and nutrients and detects the most common types of food left over on a plate. The technology can be used in restaurants to detect how much and what type of food customers don’t finish, and by individuals who want to monitor their nutrition and calorie consumption.
Blok unveiled their smart cutting board at CES 2023. The wooden chopping board comes with a detachable screen on which the user can watch cooking classes and step-by-step recipes whilst they are preparing them. The cutting board can be charged using its wireless charging base when it’s not in use. The company refers to its gadget as ‘The Peloton of the kitchen’.