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Japan invents lick screen to mimic the flavors of food

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The device, called Taste the TV (TTTV, or Taste TV), uses a carousel of 10 aroma cans that spray in combination to create the taste of a particular food. The flavor sample then rolls onto hygienic film over a flat screen TV for the viewer to taste.

In the era of COVID-19, this type of technology can improve the way people connect and interact with the outside world, according to Homei Miyashita, a professor at Meiji University.

The goal is to allow people to live the experience of eating in a restaurant on the other side of the world, while staying at home.

A quote from Homei Miyashita

Mr. Miyashita works with a team of around 30 students who have produced various flavor-related devices, including a fork that enhances the flavors of foods. He said he built the TTTV prototype himself during the year. According to him, a commercial version would cost around 100,000 yen ($ 1,120).

An educational tool

Potential applications include distance learning for sommelier and cooking, as well as games and quizzes on tasting.

Mr. Miyashita also spoke with companies about using his vaporizer technology for applications such as a device capable of making a slice of toast to taste like pizza or chocolate.

He also hopes to create a platform where the likes of the world can be downloaded and enjoyed by internet users everywhere, as is the case with music.

During a demonstration to TTTV reporters, a Meiji University student told the device that she wanted to taste sweet chocolate. After a few tries, an automated voice repeated the command and aroma jets sprayed a sample onto a plastic sheet.

It’s a bit like milk chocolate, she said. It’s sweet like chocolate sauce.

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