My head is suspended over a goldfish bowl. A glass straw is between my lips. Clouds of smoke are wafting into my face and lemon tart swirls around my mouth.
Only it’s not a big slab of calorific lemon tart spooned up from a plate. This is ‘breathable’ lemon tart.
Instead of eating it, the tart is being pumped out of a futuristic machine that looks like a glorified goldfish bowl — called Le Whaf. And, rather than a triangular slice, this lemon tart looks like a puff of smoke.
To make the machine work, just press the ‘on’ switch. Within a minute, a cloud of tiny droplets forms in the goldfish bowl.
The cloud can be dispensed from a nozzle on the side of Le Whaf. It then stays suspended inside the glass for a minute before it sinks.
The process going on inside the machinery of Le Whaf is more complicated. It’s filled with special crystals (called piezoelectric crystals) that vibrate rapidly when Le Whaf is switched on, thereby creating ultrasound waves.
These waves create alternate low and high pressures through the liquid which make it bubble and then transform it into tiny liquid droplets that look like a cloud.
So, it’s a giant cool-mist humidifier. I bet it will cost more than $30, though.