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TV screen that you can taste

TV screen that you can taste

The screen can imitate the taste of food, called “tasting television” (TTTV) and is another step toward creating a multi-sensory viewing experience.

The bait is sprayed from 10 containers of flavors, which in different combinations create new tasting experiences, according to Reuters news agency. The bait is thrown on the screen of a healthy movie, so that the viewer can get a taste of what is shown.

Taste the world from the living room

TTTV was developed by Japanese professor Homei Miyashita at Meiji University. He believes that this type of technology can improve the way people communicate, in what he calls the Covid-19 era.

Demonstrations: Professor Homi Miyashita fills the taste of the screen prototype. Photo: Kim Kyung-hoon/Reuters

“The goal is to enable people to experience something, such as eating at a restaurant on the other side of the world, even when they are at home,” he said.

Miyashita is in touch with the producers about the possibility of adding more flavors, for a richer dining experience for the viewer. This may mean that the screen can combine different flavors, so that one can, for example, add pizza or chocolate flavors to toast.

According to Miyashita, it will cost about 100,000 yen to produce a commercial version of TTTV, which is about 7,700 NOK.

«Netlicks» and cold

It will also develop a website where users can download flavors from around the world, and compare it to how we listen to music today. Other alternatives to use are learning platforms for chefs, tasting games and quizzes.

Chocolate: A student demonstrates how a taste screen works.  Photo: Kim Kyung-hoon/Reuters

Chocolate: A student demonstrates how a taste screen works. Photo: Kim Kyung-hoon/Reuters

The professor works with a group of 30 students who have previously made various flavor products, such as a fork that makes food flavor more intense.

One of the students posed in front of TTTV at a press conference, telling the screen that she wanted to taste sweet chocolate. After several attempts, he repeated the command sound, and the bait was sprinkled on a plastic napkin.

– It’s kind of like milk chocolate. She said it was as sweet as chocolate sauce.

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