Another step toward developing a multi-sensory watching experience has been taken by a Japanese professor who has produced a prototype lickable TV screen that can replicate food flavours.
Taste the TV (TTTV) is a gadget that employs a carousel of ten flavour canisters that spray in combination to replicate the flavour of a certain cuisine. The flavour sample is then rolled across a flat TV screen on sanitary film for the spectator to try.
“The idea is to allow consumers to enjoy the experience of eating at a restaurant on the other side of the planet while staying at home,” he added.
Miyashita has also been in negotiations with businesses about employing his spray technology in applications such as a gadget that can impart a pizza or chocolate flavour to toasted bread slices.
He also wants to create a platform where consumers can download and experience tastes from all around the world, similar to how music is currently.
For reporters, one Meiji student exhibited TTTV by saying she wanted to taste delicious chocolate on the screen. An automated voice repeated the instruction after a few tries, and flavour jets sprayed a sample onto a plastic sheet.
“It tastes like milk chocolate,” she explained. “It has a chocolate sauce-like sweetness to it.”
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