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Tasty TV: Japan researcher invents lickable screen to imitate food flavors

A Japanese research scientist has developed a prototype lickable TV screen that can resemble food flavours. It sets the stage for a multi-sensory viewing experience.

Taste the TV (TTTV) is a device that utilizes a carousel of 10 flavour canisters that spray in combination to mimic the taste of a certain cuisine. The flavour sample is then spread on sanitary film and placed in front of a flat TV screen. Which can then be tried by the viewer.

Yuki Hou, a student at Meiji University in Tokyo, demonstrates the Taste the TV lickable screen. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters
Yuki Hou, a student at Meiji University in Tokyo, demonstrates the Taste the TV lickable screen. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon


” 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 University professor Homei Miyashita.

Miyashita collaborates with a group of about 30 students in order to create a variety of flavour-related equipment, such as a fork that enhances the flavour of food. He said that he built the TTTV prototype himself over the course of a year. That a commercial version would cost around 100,000 yen ($875) to manufacture.

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