Many of us consider food as distinct from technology — but not the team from UJ’s Food Evolution Research Laboratory (FERL). FERL understands that technology is a great enabler, which is why it’s using the latest innovations in 4IR to understand and improve our relationship to food and nutrition.

These innovations include a brand-new XR facility. Here, students are using VR and AR headsets to immerse themselves in and develop solutions for food-related scenarios. FERL is also developing a healthy eating app.

Through its approach, FERL is establishing its position at the intersection of pioneering food research and groundbreaking technology.

Scroll down on this 4IR in Action page to experience more real examples of the Fourth Industrial Revolution at work.


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