A Japanese professor has developed a lickable TV screen that can imitate food flavours, another step towards creating a multi-sensory viewing experience.
The device, called Taste the TV (TTTV), uses a carousel of 10 flavour canisters that spray in combination to create the taste of a particular food. The flavour sample then rolls on hygienic film over a flat TV screen for the viewer to try.
Meiji University professor Homei Miyashita the inventor of this miracle TV says :
“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,”
He said he built the TTTV prototype himself over the past year and that a commercial version would cost about 100,000 yen ($875) to make.
He hopes to make a platform where tastes from around the world can be downloaded and enjoyed by users, much like music is now.
One Meiji student demonstrated TTTV for reporters, telling the screen she wanted to taste sweet chocolate. After a few tries, an automated voice repeated the order and flavour jets spritzed a sample onto a plastic sheet.
“It’s kind of like milk chocolate,” she said. “It’s sweet like a chocolate sauce.”