A Japanese professor has been able to develop a lickable TV screen prototype that can imitate food tastes, according to the report published by Reuters.
This clever idea is called “Taste the TV” (TTTV). This TV utilizes ten canisters that spray flavor onto a lickable “hygienic film” placed onto the screen.
Professor Homei Miyashita of Meiji University told Reuters that:
“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.”
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According to Miyashita estimates, the TV would cost about $875 if made for commercial purposes. The professor is in talks with several manufacturers about the potential uses of the spray technology, according to the report, one potential use could be adding extra flavors to toast.
He aims to create a platform where people from around the world can download and enjoy tastes from different parts of the globe.
One student from Meiji University demonstrated to journalists how TTTV works. She told the screen that she wanted “sweet chocolate”, and after a few tries, the chocolate flavor was sprayed on a hygienic film for her to taste. “It’s kind of like milk chocolate,” she said after trying it out.