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Student Creates Device To Capture Aroma Of Meal On a Postcard

December 28, 2012 | Telepresence Options
Jingxuan_Zhu_food_printer.jpg[Image: The winning "food printer" displayed in Beijing. The design won the "most-fun" award of the sixth Sony Student Design Workshop. Provided to China Daily

[From China Daily]

Food for thought in innovation competition

Student creates device to capture aroma of meal on a postcard

By Liu Jie (China Daily)

Zhu Jingxuan, a junior in the Fashion & Art Design Institute of Donghua University, loves gourmet food and travel, which inspired her to invent a curious device she calls a food printer.

It's a combination of camera, smell extractor and printer. During a trip, when people enjoy delicious and distinctive local food, they can use the device to take pictures and collect the aroma simultaneously and then print them postcard-style. Posting the cards to family and friends enables them to share a good eating experience visually and aromatically.

"I spent several months designing it," said the 20-year-old student majoring in industry design. "What I completed was just an idea and draft sketch. Without the help of Sony's designers, I could not have made the model."

Zhu's food printer concept design won the "most-fun" award of the sixth Sony Student Design Workshop. The annual design contest was launched by international electronics company Sony Corp in 2006 and aims to erect a platform for Chinese university students to undertake industry design, inspire their creative potential and support China's innovations and inventions industry.

Zhu was among the six students to win awards this year. Under the theme fun and travel, the six winners' designs include a camera that can fly to take pictures under remote control, a navigating device to help tourists, especially hikers, find interesting sites and a watch with several screens that offer various information and local guidance for tourists who can save their itinerary in it in advance.

According to Han Jia, assistant manager of Sony China Creative Center, this year's work started last September. Han's team visited nine universities and colleges around China to promote the design workshop and received a total of 413 ideas from 133 of them.

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