Japan Develops Lickable TV Screens That Produces Food Flavors

Posted by Sama in Science and Technology On 24th December 2021
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This Japanese professor's latest invention has taken the internet by storm after he releases a prototype of a device that can create and imitate food flavors if licked by the tongue. According to Homei Miyashita, a professor at Meiji University in Tokyo, “The goal is to make it possible for people to have the experience of something like eating at a restaurant on the other side of the world, even while staying at home.”

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An amazing invention where this Japanese professor has developed a prototype lickable TV screen that can produce food flavors.

This remarkable invention is another step towards a multisensory viewing experience.

The device, called Taste the TV (TTTV),  is created by using a carousel of 10 flavor canisters that spray in combination to create the taste of a particular food. The flavor sample then rolls on hygienic film over a flat TV screen for the viewer to try and experience the taste.

 

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This development can play an important role in the COVID-19 era as it can be a great chance to enhance the way people connect and interact with the outside world, said Homei Miyashita, a professor at Meiji University in Tokyo.

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“The goal is to make it possible for people to have the experience of something like eating at a restaurant on the other side of the world, even while staying at home,” he said.

 

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Miyashita, who works with a team of about 30 students has created a variety of flavor-related devices, including a fork that makes food taste richer. He said he built the TTTV prototype over the past year and that a commercial version would cost about 100,000 yen ($874) to make.

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He added that the potential applications of this device will include distance learning for sommeliers and cooks, and tasting games and quizzes, he said.

Miyashita has also been in talks with companies about using the spray technology for devices that can apply a pizza or chocolate taste to a slice of toasted bread.

 

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Yuki Hou, 22, a student at Meiji University, demonstrated the device TTTV for reporters, telling the screen she wanted to taste sweet chocolate. After multiple tries, the automated voice on the device repeated the order and flavor jets spritzed a sample on a plastic sheet.

“It’s kind of like milk chocolate,” she said. “It’s sweet like a chocolate sauce.”

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