MIT grad student Leonardo Bonanni has, with the help of his fellows at MIT’s Media Lab’s Counter Intelligence Group (MLCIG), developed a machine to help families to do away with having to wash dirty dishes (see references below), now he just needs to find a business willing to front him the money necessary to develop a model that can be mass produced.
Bonanni’s machine works by creating and destroying dishes on the fly; that is, the machine uses a special type of plastic to actually custom make plates, bowls and cups on demand. Then, when they have been used, they are burned and melted down to their base plastic flat shapes and then stored for use again at a future date.
Bonanni calls the machine the DishMaker, because it’s actually more of a custom dish maker and re-user than it is a dishwasher, and he admits he hasn’t quite yet worked out what to do with the leftover food material still on the plates when it enters his machine. He thinks the next version will have some sort of food processor so that it won’t necessarily have to burn the food off the dishes before melting them down again for storing and re-using later on. The food could either be washed down the drain as happens now with commercial dish washers or sent to a location off site to be used as compost for the family garden.
The plastic that Bonanni uses to make the dishes is non acrylic and safe to eat off of and can be heated and remolded approximately a hundred times. The dishes are heated to about 300 degrees where they are then pressed into a flat sheet of plastic. The flat sheet of plastic is then moved to a storage bin that can hold enough plastic sheets to mold enough dishes for 150 plates, bowls and cups; far more than the average family would need even when hosting a rather large dinner party. When new dishes are needed, you just punch a button and the machine starts cranking. One dish takes about 90 seconds to make.
Bonanni also envisions future owners of the machine being able to download patterns off the Internet which could be fed into the machine to create dishes with that pattern on them, which opens the door to all sorts of possibilities. The standard color now is red, but of course there would be a veritable rainbow of choices once the machines go into production.
But that won’t happen till Bonanni finds a backer, so, if you have a lot of money and are looking for an investment, perhaps you might call him.