Latte Art Machine
Theme: SIGGRAPH Core
Hall K Entrance
|Displaying images on the surface of a hot beverage is a non-trivial task. Certain drinks, however, have a tiny layer of bubbles on top, which provides sufficient isolation for colorant droplets to form a clear and sustainable image.|
Latte Art Machine exploits this phenomenon to render the most stunning latte art images on a variety of premium espresso-based drinks. The machine explores a new medium by combining existing inkjet technology with the freedom of artistic expression. SIGGRAPH 2008 attendees are welcome to enjoy their own graphic designs on latte.
This prototype device is a tool, and by itself it does not enhance life. But it does suggest a method for creation of volatile art infused with a barista's own value judgments and personal philosophy. And it could be used to elevate the spirits of the millions of gourmet beverage drinkers worldwide.
· Make the art of decorating beverages accessible to everyone
· Bring the quality of latte art from the amateur level to the professional level
· Inspire creativity in engineers and artists
Technological advances aside, this project achieves a "mashup" of retail beverages, entertainment, and printing around a simple integrated idea.
After watching a video demonstration, one YouTube blogger left the following comment: "One day we will refuse to drink a latte without a [Vincent] van Gogh on top." The possibilities for latte art machines are endless.