Digital lollipop simulates taste without eating
Made in Singapore, still in laboratory development, digital pacifier will introduce a new meaning on the Internet: the taste. Using electrodes, it is indeed capable of transmitting the language all the taste pallet: bitter sweet, salty, sour. “Why not tomorrow discover behind his computer taste dishes prepared in Top Chef?” Other applications considered: appease “virtually” a sugar craving for the regime, educate people to new flavors …
TASTING all the ice cream you want and not getting fat? It sounds too good to be true. But researchers from the National University of Singapore have developed a ‘digital lollipop’ that allows users to simulate taste – without a calorie passing their lips, The New York Times reports.
While it sounds complicated, the technology behind the node is actually quite simple, according to engineering scholar Nimesha Ranasinghe who pioneered the project.
Small changes in vibration and temperature produce a sweet, salty, sour and bitter taste on the users tongue.
The aim is to eventually have flavours available through smartphones or televisions that could allow users to share dinner with their favourite movie characters or taste a product before they buy.
But your iPhone hasn’t turned into a Snickers just yet.
Researchers are still working out how to produce complex flavours and develop the all important texture and smell in order to trick the brain into believing it’s real.