Custom dishware upon instant request!
A fantasy? Almost a fantasy come true thanks to Leonardo Bonanni, Sam Sarcia, Subodh Paudel, and Ted Selker, who've created a "personal fabricator interface". Inside, the machine stores 150 food-grade, nontoxic acrylic wafers that can be heated and shaped by the machine into predefined plates, bowls and cups...and then reshaped back into wafers for compact storage. Watch and be amazed (and yes, we know this was announced a few years back, but this was the first time we'd seen video of it in action).
"If you made and recycled one of our plates three times a day for a year, the energy that goes into that is comparable to the energy required to make one ceramic plate (in a factory) because the ceramic is fired at about 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit," says Bonanni.
Now if they can only solve the issue of completely cleaning the dishware of grease residue. Learn more here from a 2005 Wired article.