Advertisement no longer suffices to gain people’s trust when it involves ethical acquisition of ingredients and food safety. Videos that occur in farms and food manufacturing facilities are more believable. However, what would happen if people were able to take a simulated walk-through of said facilities, examining closer every piece of equipment and each stage of the industrial process? World renown Tequila producer, Patron has recently taken this ground-breaking leap. The corporation launched a 360-degree video presenting the whole tequila manufacturing process, from picking the agave plant to bottling the beverage.
A study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity disclosed that augmented reality could be used to estimate acceptable portion quantity. An app called ServAR allowed the participants to choose adequate food servings and avoid filling their plates with too much food and thus decreasing the amount of waste. Currently, this app is still in the experimental phase and not accessible to the general public. However, it is highly likely that in the near future, this technology will become the norm and people will be able to create healthy meals to serve their families via augmented reality.
One of the most tangible payoffs of AR/VR technology is using it for consistent and thorough employee training. A lot of training is required to safely operate complex and modern food preparation devices. From high-tech latte machines to state-of-the-art kitchen equipment in restaurants, food service equipment cannot be operated adequately without many hours of training. In real life, this type of training leads to accidents. However, in augmented and virtual reality, the trainees will manipulate CGI objects, without any real risk of harm to themselves or others. Without a doubt, these chef training apps will also expand to the public, allowing anybody to develop their cooking skills and avoid accidents at home.