Want 3D printed chocolate? Run for it

All you have to do is jog for some nerds.

This undated photo provided by Natural Machines on Feb. 5, 2015 shows chocolate shapes made by a food printer.
This undated photo provided by Natural Machines on Feb. 5, 2015 shows chocolate shapes made by a food printer. –AP

10 Melbourne families will be getting a new home appliance: a 3D printer that prints chocolate according to how much they excercise.

According to Mashable, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology researcher Rohit Ashok Khot says the trial aims to see if printing chocolate is enough to make excercise more enjoyable.

“We think of it as positive reinforcement,’’ Khot said. “It’s not directly looked at in terms of the size and quantity, but the more exercise you do, the more cheerful and beautiful the chocolate becomes.’’

The families will have their daily excercise data tracked, and the EdiPulse printers will make chocolate based on the energy they expended during the day. If a user meets their daily goal, they may get a smiley face or flower printed. If they’ve been inactive, the face may frown, or he may get a written message.

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If the idea of engaging in physical activity for a sweet treat confuses you, fear not, as the daily amount will be around 30 milliliters, or a little more than a single fluid ounce.

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