3D offers taste of things to come


In terms of one-of-a-kind desserts, a California-based online popsicle shop has sweetened the deal in an entirely new way. Pixsweet allows customers to upload their own images, choose flavors and easily create custom ice pops using 3D printing. The “munchifier” also will help customers search the internet for just the right pic, connecting hashtags and images. But it’s a bit more than mere fanciful food.

Pixsweet is the brainchild of celebrated digital sculptor/3D pioneer Janne Kyttanen, who has set out to answer the question, “What does the internet taste like?” The natural/vegan/gluten-free pops are $5 each, with a minimum order of 100 for custom designs. Other popular design collections — birthdays, engagements and the like — are available in eight-packs.

Consider unicorn ice pops in flavors such as sweet strawberry lemonade, tropical mango pineapple or juicy watermelon citrus. There are also hearts, flamingos, lips, roses, balloons, cupcakes and other shapes, as well as the option of adding text. Lead time is about two weeks; deliveries, in limited areas for the time being, are shipped in reusable coolers with dry ice.

Pixsweet’s parent company is What The Future Venture Capital, an effort that sees “infinite potential at the crossroads of nanotechnology, 3D printing, biotech, virtual reality and machine learning,” according to Kyttanen’s bio. Today, it’s the finish of a meal. Tomorrow, what will it start?


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