"It’s sweet like a chocolate sauce."
Taste the TV
A professor in Japan has created a prototype TV screen that generates flavors when you lick it.
The bizarre invention, dubbed "Taste the TV" (TTTV), allows you to taste whatever you're watching through a disposable hygienic film that covers a TV screen, Reuters reports.
In other words, a special array of ten flavor canisters could allow your taste buds — not just your eyeballs — to follow along while you catch up on an episode of "Iron Chef."
"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," inventor Homei Miyashita, professor at Meiji University in Tokyo, told Reuters.
Whether the technology will ever stand a chance of going mainstream, however, remains to be seen, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic when licking random surfaces isn't, uh, quite advisable.
In a demonstration for reporters, 22-year-old Meiji University student Yuki Hou reported that the screen she just licked tastes "kind of like milk chocolate," as quoted by Reuters. "It’s sweet like a chocolate sauce."
Last year, Miyashita showed off a much smaller "taste display" that used special gels and an electrical current to generate a variety of flavors.
According to the professor, a commercial version of the tasty TV could cost about $874 to make. The device could allow cooks to learn about new flavors remotely or let you show off your tasting skills in a quiz with friends.
The professor's food inventions don't end there, either. Miyashita is also working on a special spray that can add a pizza or chocolate flavor to a slice of toasted bread, according to Reuters.
Because, let's face it: Nutella and Hot Pockets are so last year.
READ MORE: Taste the TV: Japan invents lickable screen to imitate food flavors [Reuters]
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