Designer Andrey Kokorin has developed what he calls the 'Innovative Laser Device For Cutting Of Foodstuff,' a conceptual food slicer that takes knives out of the equation when chopping up food.

Submitted to the current James Dyson Award competition, the Innovative Laser Device For Cutting Of Foodstuff comprises a spherical pod into which people can place foods to be sliced into customized segments (users can select the type of food, kind of cut and slice size via a visual display). The device uses only lasers -- rotating rings with electromagnets that can chop up food into millimeter-thin slices, reports PSFK.

In addition to illuminating what future kitchens could be like, the innovative food cutter, according to the designer, provides a way to circumvent the use of unsanitary kitchen supplies, such as knives, which can spread bacteria and disease.