Replicators – How Real Today?

You’ve all seen Star Trek – at least pieces of it, here or there. You might even know what I’m referring to when I say this project we’re about to discuss is a real-world iteration of the original matter replicator. Truly an innovation that would change the world, that’s what this is. It’s called “The Joy Concept” and it’s designed by Ali (Jeff) Jafari. Replicate a stack of plates, just like that, then just as fast turn them back into dust.

The genius of this project is in its ability to destroy dirty dishes. Yes! That’s what the main example explains. It uses a “rapidly developing future technology” called Claytronic which utilizes smart particles called “CATOMs.” These particles are able, with the Joy Concept, to create any dish or cutlery piece the user desires. Use that piece of food-related matter once, then return it to the Joy Concept panel. Once there, it returns the particles to the receptacle to be used again. And not only that, it turns the non-CATOMS to ash.

So don’t jam your hand in there!

No water or chemicals are used in this whole process. No detergents of pills, no consumables, almost no maintenance, and apparently lots of fun to watch in action. Just think of all the extra space you’ll have when your cupboards are empty of all dishes, glasses, and silverware!

Next I need something to make me cookies.

Designer: Ali (Jeff) Jafari

The Joy Concept by Ali (Jeff) Jafari






  • The joy concept is a dish maker/washer that reduces the footprint of the future kitchen to approximately half its current size, while dramatically increasing the desirability of user interactions in the kitchen area. It uses a rapidly developing future technology called Claytronic which deploys intelligent, reusable, smart particles called CATOMs to produce any dish shape or cutlery! The user simply chooses a dish and the unit creates it instantly. Once the dish is used it is returned to the device so it can separate the CATOM particles from the residue. The particles are used to make new shapes and the residue is treated (turned into ashes) and stored in a compartment for later disposal.

    The joy concept is extremely environmentally friendly with NO water or chemical usage (completely detergent/pill free), it has no consumables, virtually no maintenance and more importantly extremely fun to watch! Joy transforms the entire kitchen space from a closed suffocating environment packed with huge cupboards to a truly efficient, open and independent space. It is the largest leap towards a kitchen centric house that turns the kitchen into an entertainment platform with no physical boundaries around it. Joy eliminates approximately 50% of kitchen clutter space (no need for dish cabinets, drying racks or washing machine) and saves around 25% of the time spent in the kitchen doing the least desirable job of all… doing the dishes and putting them away.

  • Jimmy C says:

    Can you make this like a box or something? I don’t want to end up turning my fingers to ashes.

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