1970s Food Replicator: The Laser Chef Easy-Glide

Introducing the LASER CHEF Easy Glide, bringing the exciting world of food and drink replication to the home with an easy-to-use, low-power, roll-away appliance that fits any lifestyle.

Taking my “Future of the Late 20th Century” kick back to the 1970s, this is my take on a kitchen food replicator a la Star Trek, but with a heavy dollop of '70s kitchen earth-tones, Atari-style cartridges, and chunky neon indicator lamps (which I have to mention because I was having an absolute bear of a time making that reflector texture).


This one is a bit older, with a worse turkey glow, but it’s the angle from the mockup.

Most everything came out satisfactorily on this one, save for maybe the materializing turkey. I went with a volume-shading approach, but I just don’t think there’s enough control over it to get what I need out of it-- the main problem being that I couldn’t find a good way to fade back the volume away from the shape-- it was either hard edges and all or a spherical gradient approximation. I think I need to get some particles in there, or maybe just some speckled planes to fake it, for that transporter-style glow.

Late Edit: I managed to make the turkey materialization a bit more interesting with the addition of another light to really light up the chamber, there. It’s better, but I’m still not 100% satisfied. I could probably do more with volumetrics, but I’m at the point of cutting this one loose and moving on. (The ad copy also got a bit of tweaking, as well.)

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Haha. This is done really well. The colors and print look like they’re straight out of an 70s or 80s magazine add. You nailed that part.
Nice work.

How did I miss this? Great work :+1: :joy:

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You’re on the #featured row! :+1:

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I just had a flashback to my childhood with the colors and design motif. And those cartridges look like 8-tracks! Well done!

I was thinking solid-state, like an Atari cartridge, but you’re right, it does have that 8-track look, too. I’m not sure where I got the pinches on the sides from. I think some of the Atari carts had that, some of the off-brand ones, but it might have been on the top.

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Holy crap dude. This is absolutely amazing. Great looking model, but also freakin’ hilarious artistic goal. Time to host a 1970’s dinner party.

:yum:
I like the color matching!