- November, 2019
The new web of things is slowly changing every aspect of society, including the way we cook, eat and share food with others.
Smartphones and wifi are making possible a new wave of smart kitchen devices, from sensors that know when the stove has been left on to forks that remind us to slow down and eat mindfully.
In the following sections, we look at 24 different ways the new web of things is impacting our relationship with food.
The internet gave birth They are eating shows in which hosts eat very large quantities of food while interacting with their audience. The trend first became very popular in South Korea in 2010, before being heavily spread on YouTube. Viewers who watch those kinds of shows often enjoy the loud eating sounds that hosts are sometimes requested to make with their mouth.
2. 3D Printed Food
Barcelona-based startup Natural Machines created the Foodini. A 3D printer for food that works exactly like regular 3D printers. However, instead of printing with plastics, it deploys edible ingredients squeezed out of stainless steel capsules.
3. Smart Precision Cooking
Precision cooking, also known as sous-vide, is a cooking technique that utilizes precise temperature control to deliver restaurant-quality results. The first machine was launched in 2009 by Eades Appliance Technology. Today the leader in the industry is Anova precision cooker. It is a smart sous-vide machine that can be paired with a mobile device to cook delicious recipes.
4. Smart Ovens
LG is a giant when it comes to home electronics and appliances. With LG SmartThinQ, users can pair their mobile devices with any of the appliances that are embedded that technology and remotely control them.
5. Food Photography
Photographing our food and sharing the photos online has grown in popularity with the rise of social media. It is an internet-born trend that taps into the desire of people to document their lives and share with friends and strangers.
6. Online Grocery Ordering
The new web of things now allows people to purchase their grocery online and receive their order the same day. It is a trend that is most likely to evolve in popularity due to the ever-increasing number of smart appliances that keep track of food list.
7. Food Awareness
Several companies use the internet to raise awareness. A very well known organization that strives through their ever-growing online community is PETA or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. With over a million followers on Twitter, they are a leading voice for the food awareness movement.
8. Internet Refrigerators
Smart refrigerators, also known as internet refrigerators, are programmed to sense what kind of products are being stored inside them and keep a track record of the stock through product barcode and scanning. Paired with a mobile device, they can alarm you when the fridge is running low on food and make autonomous online grocery orders.
9. Meat-Free Meat
Inspired by food awareness movements, California-based company, Impossible Foods Inc, created the impossible burger. A meat-free burger said to replicate the taste, texture, and smell of a meat burger. The impossible burger blew up on the internet in July 2016.
10. Smart Water Pitcher
Brita, a German company, founded in 1966, is the leading expert in water filters. Just about a few years ago, they've launched the Brita Infinity smart pitcher. Equipped with Wi-Fi, the product keeps track of how much water passes through the filter. Once the filter is about spent, it'll go ahead and automatically order a replacement from Amazon that'll arrive at your doorstep just when you need it.
11. Two-class Food System
Different food and diet choices have always been around. However, with the growth of the web of things allowing people to express themselves, food choices turned into divided online communities on social media, creating a two-class food system. On one side of the spectrum are the carnivores, and on the other extreme opposite, the herbivores. Other communities fall somewhere in between the two. Unless there are big changes within the next 20 years, that gap and division are most likely to become larger.
12. Smart Forks
Hong Kong-based company, Hapi Labs Ltd, created the HAPIfork, the first smart fork. Paired with your mobile device, the electronic fork helps you monitor and track your eating habits. It also alerts you with the help of indicator lights and gentle vibrations when you are eating too fast.
13. Online Recipes
Online recipes websites have changed the way we cook. In fact, with the new web of things, everyone with network access can be a Chef. A study, entitled Clicks & Cravings: The Impact of Social Technology on Food Culture, states that over 50% of internet users rely on online recipes to cook and eat.
14. Smart Prep Pad
California-based company, Orange Chef, launched the smart prep pad few year ago. It is a wifi connected kitchen scale that gives you real-time insight into your food and helps you personalize goals, visualize your nutrition, and easily adjust ingredients to reach your meal objectives when paired together with a mobile device.
15. Vertical Agriculture
Vertical agriculture is a farming technique that stack layers of food and medicine vertically instead of horizontally. Also known as controlled-environment agriculture, all the farming is done indoors. This method is said to be much healthier for the food that is being grown. Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, predicts that the 2020's will be the vertical agriculture revolution.
16. Smart Ph Testing
Italy-based manufacturer, Hanna Instruments, launched the wireless ph meter a couple years ago. This smart instrument takes laboratory grade pH and temperature measurements using your smartphone or tablet.
17. Smart Frying Pans
The world first smart frying pan, Pantelligent, created by Humberto Evans in August 2015, when paired together with your mobile device, talks you through each step of a recipe and will advise you when to turn the heat up or down. If you do not wish to bother at all, the Autopilot feature to most of the work for you.
18. Conscious Eating Movements
Intuitive eating or also known as conscious eating is an old movement first spoke by Aristotle. The movement became highly popular among online spiritual communities as it was highly propagated on the new web of things. It is intended to create a healthy relationship with food, mind-body, making it a popular treatment for disordered eating and eating disorders.
19. Digital Kitchen Tables
In collaboration with IKEA, Concept Kitchen 2025 will bring the world first smart kitchen hub. The table will be embedded with a camera-equipped projector that both shows recipes on its surface and recognizes ingredients, giving you an idea of what to make with what you have. There will be an induction cooktop hidden in the table, so you wouldn't have to run between counters to heat the stoves.
20. Smart Kitchen Trash
Inventor and Co-Founder Rob Griffin, will create the world first intelligent device for your garbage. It scans garbage to automatically create your grocery list, matches coupons to products, and optionally delivers items to your doorstep.
21. New Diets
There are 9 known popular diets propagated on the internet. The Atkins diet, the zone diet, the ketogenic diet, the vegetarian diet, the vegan diet, the weight watchers diet, the south beach diet, the raw food diet and the Mediterranean diet are all backed up by strong online communities sharing health tips and recipes. Over the few next years, we can expect more diets to emerge.
22. Hunger Awareness
The internet now provides an easy way for non-profit organizations to collect donations and keep their communities updated on their activities. According to Charitable Giving Statistics, overall revenue from online fundraising grew by 14% in 2016 and 55% of people who engage with nonprofits on social media end up taking some sort of action.
23. Digital Kitchen Assistants
Digital kitchen assistants help you find recipes simply by taking a picture of the grocery receipt. Paired with Amazon Echo, Chefling can extract every ingredient out of a grocery receipt, put them in the right category, and bring up recipes you can make based on these ingredients.
24. Citizen Cooking Shows
The new web of things has given birth to many different types of citizen broadcasts on YouTube. From regular daily vlogs to highly entertaining gaming channels, citizen cooking shows are quite popular. In fact, the tutorial types of channels are among the most watched videos online. The estimated monthly revenue is around $1.1K - $17.4K and they attract millions of views per month.
Is the new web of things helping us progress or is it making us dumber?
With all the negativity and drama we are sometimes being fed online, it could be tempting to say that we are moving backward. The more powerful that computer power gets, the less intelligent the world gets.
Although, it may seem that way, at first sight, is it actually true?
Well, it's something we are attempting to answer the following 24 points.
Easy access to online pornography is exposing us to a wider range of sexualities, interests, and kinks. We are more open-minded and respectful of other people sexual preferences.
The internet has given rise to a new kind of fame. With social media, anyone around the world can become famous. It is no longer something reserved to superstars.
With the new web of things, it is easier for people to keep in touch with their friends. It is also much easier to make new connections and reconnect with old friendships long gone.
We start more businesses than ever. In fact, the internet has given rise to an entire generation of online entrepreneurs with big dreams and ideas.
Traditional dating is slowly disappearing in the name of online dating. On a positive note, it allows us to express ourselves more openly to one another and build stronger relationships.
The new web of things has made marketing much more user-friendly. It is easier now than ever to target specific markets through social media and online research.
The way that we work is slowly changing. With the internet, companies can hire workforce overseas and provide work-at-home opportunities. People are also seeking more work-life balance.
The general population is becoming more conscious of the food they eat. Many individuals are now choosing to strictly adopt a plant-based diet.
Retail is slowly dying because of online shopping. With the internet, we can now buy and shop whatever we wish, everywhere, whenever we want. Research shows that receiving orders in the mailbox causes our brain to produce oxytocin, the happiness hormone.
Entertainment is now possible with the click of a button. Watching movies, downloading music and playing games online is a trend that will probably never fade. We can watch new movies or revisit old classics online for free or for a minimal monthly fee on whatever device we like, be it a computer, a tablet or a phone.
11. World Awareness
Easy access to information is helping us develop world awareness. We are more aware now than ever about how others live around the globe and their different cultures. We are becoming more empathetic and respectful towards one another.
12. Personal Awareness
World awareness has given rise to personal awareness. Observing how others live, help us become conscious of how we live our own personal life. It pushes us to redefine our existence and find our purpose in the Universe.
13. Mental Health
Despite what you may think, we are getting mentally and emotionally better. In fact, the internet allows people to practice self-help online and remain totally anonymous. This causes individuals to solve their problem without feeling judged.
14. Physical Health
The more aware we become, the more our physical health improves. Matter of makes finding personal trainers a breeze. People can now train for free in their living room or bedroom with remote professional assistance. Looking at other people photos on social media also make us seek more adventures outside.
Newspapers are losing battles over online research. We now have access to the latest News, gossips, and trends, 24h/7, 365 days a year. All of that at the click of a button, in our pockets.
For the most part, getting glimpses of other people lives on social media motivates and pushes us to find meaning in our own personal life. The new web of things has also given birth to a new generation of online inspirational speakers and influencers.
Although it may seem like we are more disconnected, study shows it is actually quite the opposite. We are more connected than ever. People from all walks of life are now able to connect, share and communicate with one another on the new web of things.
The new web of things is slowly changing the educational system. People learn differently and more rapidly. We are now self-educating ourselves online.
The digital era changes the way we interact with the environment. We are printing fewer papers and we are looking at alternative ways to use energy sources. Many people are now driving electric cars and using solar panels.
We communicate more than ever. The new web of things people to express themselves without apology by giving them the opportunity to create communities that share their views on social media or personal blogs.
Manmade time is slowly becoming obsolete. In fact, time does not exist on the internet nor do borders. Despite what you may be tempted to think, it has positive impacts on how we live. We are more considerate and appreciative when people make time for us when they finally free themselves from all the noise.
The more advanced technology becomes, the more it pushes us to seek some kind of existential truth, be it personal, spiritual or universal.
With the new web of things, people can now share information and react to it rapidly. It has given a medium through which injustice can be openly denounced.
Scientific research is now available online to the public. It raises people awareness about the complexity of the world we live in.
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