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How Augmented and Virtual Reality Will Change the Food Industry

Virtual Reality is the newest marvel invading the planet. Innovative science, research, and technology continuously transform the world. This can be seen by how much augmented and virtual reality have changed the gaming, healthcare, military, and education industries.  The impact of this phenomenon continues to expand to further aspects of daily living. It has revolutionized almost every facet including the world of virtual porn with sites like wankz vr gaining popularity. The next boundary to be dominated will be the food industry.

There are not many areas in people’s lives they focus on more than the food they consume. Whether they eat Vegan, Keto, Paleo, or prefer comfort food to a strict diet, everyone tries to combine nutrition with delicious and superb flavors. Trying new foods is always a challenge. This is especially true if the foods come from far-off foreign cuisines. Augmented and virtual reality can help alleviate cultural differences and facilitate the acceptance of new dishes. Learning in a holographic experience how ingredients are grown, sourced, cooked and prepared helps to persuade the masses to try new things.

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.

Virtual reality will revolutionize the way individuals attempt new recipes. Recipes could be presented in a 3D model, thus allowing its multiple layers and ingredients to be manipulated. This would make it easier to further learn how to assemble the dish in a safe and stress-free environment. VR cooking will persuade more people to learn to cook their beloved dishes in the luxury of their own home. It will allow them to attempt recipes multiple times, without wasting costly ingredients.

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.

 It’s not surprising that AR/VR technology is creating so much excitement. This is more than just a culinary trend or fad. AR tech has the capability to ignite an ultimate transformation of food service and manufacturing facilities.