Christmas of the future | Daily Mirror
3D-printed Christmas dinners and LED wallpaper displaying Christmas scenes could be part of festive seasons to come, according to futurists.
The new Christmas of the Future report by Amazon claims food could be shaped into festive symbols using such technology, while artificial intelligence will be used to create gift wish lists based on social media likes.
Improvements in hydroponics technology, where vegetables can be grown without soil but in mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent, could enable people to grow the vegetables for Christmas dinner in their kitchen.
Futurist William Higham of consultancy Next Big Thing and food trend researcher Dr Morgaine Gaye were part of the research team, which looked up to 20 years into the future.
“For many, an impressive feast is what makes Christmas,” Dr Gaye said.
“Soon we will be adding even more of a homemade touch to our Christmas spreads, from using hydroponic technology to help us grow fruit and vegetables in our kitchens, no matter how small, to 3D printing helping us to create stunning edible artworks for dessert.”
Mr Higham added that virtual and augmented reality could also be used to help families kept apart at Christmas to simulate being together.
“One innovation we can expect to see used over the festive period is augmented reality in the home. Christmas is a time for family, and advanced technology could allow families who live miles apart to celebrate and interact together.