A Japanese professor has created a (delicious) TV screen — you can lick it with your tongue
Gomei Miyashita from Meiji University has developed a prototype of a television display that can simulate the taste of food.
A device called Taste the TV uses 10 containers with flavors that are mixed in various combinations depending on the image. The finished liquid is fed onto a hygienic film covering the surface of a flat screen so that the viewer can taste it.
According to the Japanese professor, such technologies can improve human interaction with the outside world in the era of COVID-19.
"The goal is to give people the opportunity to experience something like going to a restaurant on the other side of the world, even while staying at home."
Miyashita works with a team of 30 students who help in creating "delicious" devices, including a fork that makes the flavor of food more intense. The prototype TV was constructed in a year, and the creation of its commercial version will take about 100,000 yen (64 thousand rubles).
The professor said he was in talks with several companies about using spray technology to simulate the taste of pizza or chocolate on a piece of toasted bread.
Miyashita also hopes to create a platform through which users will be able to "download" tastes all over the world and enjoy them, as in modern music streaming services.