During a weird conversation with a friend, when she told me that someday in the future people would be able to download food from the Internet, I couldn’t help but laugh. However, it seems that the idea will eventually become reality, as a Japanese professor recently did developed an electronic TV screen that allows users to taste the food displayed on it! And if you think I’m kidding, check out the details below.
Japanese professor develops lickable TV screen
Homei Miyashita, a Japanese professor at Meiji University in Tokyo, recently developed a multisensory display that mimic the flavors of foods displayed on it. Viewers can then lick the screen to taste the food. Using this special screen, Miyashita developed a new device called “Taste The TV”, also known as TTTV.
In a recent YouTube video by The national news, Miyashita explained how the TTTV works and what was the purpose of creating such a device. You can watch the video below.
How does it work?
Now that the device is working, the TTTV uses basic chemistry to recreate the flavors of the food displayed on it. According to Miyashita, all food flavors can be divided into 10 basic flavors, including sweet, sour, savory, spicy, salty, bitter and the like.
So the TTTV packs 10 flavor cans inside with different flavored liquids. The device uses these flavor liquids to create 20 kinds of food samples, which are then sprayed onto a hygienic film for people to lick.
“You can really taste the food displayed on the screen”, said Miyashita during an interview. “I’m thinking about creating a platform where flavors from all over the world can be distributed as ‘taste content’. It’s like watching a movie or listening to a song you like. I hope that in the future people will be able to download and enjoy the flavors of the food from the restaurants they like, no matter where they are located.” he added.