Replicator TrekNestle is developing a Star Trek-like food replicator that bosses describe as ‘the next microwave’.

According to Bloomberg, Nestle’s Institute of Health Sciences is developing a system that can test people’s health and work out what nutrients they are missing.

Codenamed ‘Iron Man’, the project will eventually lead to a kitchen machine that can create tailored supplements – or even food.

“Iron Man is an analysis of what’s missing in our diets, and a product, tailored to you, to help make up that difference,” NIHS director Ed Baetge told Bloomeberg.

“In the past, food was just food. We’re going in a new direction.”

The Nestle machine would work by first testing the person for a variety of nutrients and other health factors – such as diabetes or obesity.

This would results in a ‘nutrient profile’ for the person, showing exactly what their diet is lacking – for instance, zinc or vitamin D.

Nutrients would be supplied in a powder form, possibly in capsule like the Nespresso system.

Baetge says the final device, expected in 5-10 years, could resemble the replicator’ that synthesized meals on demand in Star Trek.

“Out comes your food at the press of a button,” Baetge said.

“If we do this right, it can be the next microwave in your kitchen.”

Original article Mail Online