Latte art machine draws Miley Cyrus' face on your coffee
Technology has put so many artists out of work: Calligraphers, illustrators, now... baristas? Israeli company Steam CC created a 3-D printer called the Ripple Maker, which can apparently print incredibly detailed latte art with the push of a button.
Users choose a design with a mobile app and the printer uses special cartridges filled with coffee extract along with a combination of 3-D and inkjet techniques to print the images right on to the foam milk layer. The company says it let six coffee shops experiment with the machines and workers were able to print all sorts of things like birthday greetings, calendar reminders, favorite hobbies, sports teams, self portraits, horoscopes, tattoos, even Facebook profile pictures.
Steam CC says its contracted with Lufthansa airlines to bring the machines to its first and business class lounges. And at $999 plus a $75-per-month subscription service, its not really a machine for home use. You'll probably only see the it in coffee shops where it will no doubt be used as a branding and marketing tool. Or, as way to send messages across the coffee shop.
See more of the designs below: