25 Dec 2013 |
World innovation news |
Information and Communications Technologies
Tasting Food On Computer
The National University of Singapore has developped an electrode that can simulate food flavours (sweet, salty, bitter, sour). The first version of the device consists in a silver electrode placed on the tip of the tongue; it transmits alternating currents and slight changes of temperature to food receptors.
For the time being, the main application is mainly entertainment through video games. The research team foresees healthcare applications, particularly for people with diabetes who could enjoy sweet sensations without any health drawbacks, or for people with diminished sense of taste, or else to wean people off sugary drinks. The teams still keeps in mind that, one day, people will be able to taste and smell food while watching cookery shows.