Feb. 20, 2015

Would you like to have your own face on pancakes? UK design firm Kinneir Dufort has created a machine that utilizes facial recognition and 3D printing to create customized pancakes with your name and image of your face.

The machine uses embedded face recognition and tracking software to dispense batter directly onto a hot plate layer by layer. As the conventional pancake batter is applied it immediately starts to cook and change colour, and subsequent layers affect the tone of the image.

Apparently achieving the perfect result is "a delicate balance between batter viscosity, speed of application and maintaining the correct temperature on the plate."

The whole process is completed in less than five minutes. Kinneir Dufort senior electronic designer James Torbett said: "The technology uses a digital camera combined with image processing libraries to perform face tracking and extraction."

"Our bespoke software turns this into contours for the batter dispenser. The darkest areas are deposited first, through four distinct shades to the lightest areas".

The whole process delivers a truly enjoyable and entertaining experience. Director, Ian Hollister, explains, "The real challenge was to create a program that enables the picture to be completed from start to finish within the exact timescale for the overall pancake to cook. Too little time and the darker tones wouldn't be achieved, too long and the pancake would burn".

Posted in 3D Printing Applications


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j wrote at 2/21/2015 11:00:28 PM:

yup, photoshop

Simon Doyon wrote at 2/20/2015 8:50:07 PM:

This looks like a Photoshop to me.

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