Remember when you were a kid and always wished to taste the chocolate and candies that show on the TV adverts? Guess what, your dream comes true!
Meiji, a Japanese university professor, has invited a prototype lickable TV screen. It will pave the way to create a multi-sensory viewing experience.
So how the TV (TTTV) works? First, you ask the TV for the dishes you want to taste. The device uses a carousel of 10 flavor canisters that spray in specific combinations to create the taste of a particular food.
Then, the TV will roll on the flavor you pick on a hygienic film over a flat TV screen for you to try. Surely the film is changed after each use because no one would like to lick the same screen.
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Why did they innovate this TV screen?
“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,” Meiji said.
30 students are working with Miyashita on many projects like a fork that makes food taste richer. To make the commercial version of the TTTV, it would cost about 100,000 yen ($875), the Guardian reported.
In an attempt from Miyashita to expand the use of the spraying technology, he has been in talks with companies to use the device. Like applying a pizza or chocolate taste to a slice of bread.
Miyashita hopes to make a tasting platform where the users could download and enjoy tastes from around the world.
In a test, one of Meiji’s students told the screen that she wanted to taste sweet chocolate. An automated voice repeated the order, then the flavor jets spritzed a sample onto a plastic sheet.
“It’s kind of like milk chocolate,” “It’s sweet like a chocolate sauce.” She said.