Do you remember when you were a child and imagined the technological inventions that would be in the future? You were probably thinking of flying cars, smart androids, time machines, and interstellar travel. Forget all of the above, for the next step in human evolution is far from these inconsequential gadgets. In reality, the future is in this new television that allows you to savor food by licking it.
No, it’s not a joke. Homei Miyashita, a professor at Meiji University in Japan, recently surprised locals and strangers when he presented his latest project: Taste the TV (TTTV), a prototype of a screen that offers a one-of-a-kind sensory experience.
The future is today! You can taste a pizza or a piece of chocolate by licking the screen
Specifically, the TTTV uses a carousel of 10 containers that are combined to create the flavor of a specific food. Subsequently, the sample is released on a hygienic sheet on the television screen so that the user can lick it and taste the food in question.
Users can select the food they want through voice commands, this to avoid contact with the screen. Subsequently, and if the requested food is in the program’s catalog, the containers will proceed to create the corresponding combination.
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During the presentation event for this piece of technology, Homei Miyashita said that he had worked on the prototype on his own for the last year. He also explained that a commercial version may cost approximately $ 875 USD. Although that makes it a product that is not very accessible to the general public, it can be an extremely useful tool in the culinary industry and other sectors.
According to its creator, TTTV could be used to facilitate distance learning in cooks, wine and spirits tastings, contests and even games where participants have to guess a food based on its taste.
“The goal is to make it possible for people to experience something like eating at a restaurant on the other side of the world, even while staying at home,” said the Japanese professor.
Of course, this particular product is not yet available on the market for purchase and it is not entirely clear if it will ever hit stores. However, and beyond its very strange concept, it is undeniable that it has a lot of educational potential and may represent a technological revolution.
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But tell us, what do you think of TTTV? Would you dare to try it? Let us read you in the comments.
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