The next generation of food programs might be something else than the typical Bake Off and MasterChef. It has the potential to take our favorite games to a completely new level of immersion. Japanese researchers have developed a TV screen that you can taste. The TTTV (Taste the TV) is a screen wrapped in a sanitary coating over which ten flavor canisters spray delightful concoctions, according to Reuters.
Home Miyashita, a professor at Meiji University, built the prototype herself and estimated that it would cost $ 875 (100,000 yen) to produce it commercially. Miyashita expects that it will improve the way we connect over virtual food on a level that is not only visual, as it is now. “The idea is to allow consumers to enjoy the experience of eating in a restaurant on the other side of the world while staying at home,” Miyashita told Reuters.
The spray technique might be used to add taste to food like bread or chips, in addition to displays. In addition, Miyashita and his colleagues believe that through developing taste technologies, flavors will one day be able to download in the same way that music and movies are now. It is, without a doubt, an intriguing technology. Our recommendation is to avoid viewing Hannibal on it.
“The idea is to allow consumers to enjoy the experience of eating at a restaurant on the other side of the planet while staying at home,” he added. Miyashita leads a group of roughly 30 students who have created a number of flavor-related gadgets, including a fork that enhances the flavor of food. He claimed he created the TTTV prototype over the course of a year and that a commercial version would cost around 100,000 yen ($875) to produce.
Distance learning for sommeliers and cooks, as well as tasting games and quizzes, are all possibilities, he added. Miyashita has also been in negotiations with businesses about employing his spray technology in applications such as a gadget that can impart a pizza or chocolate flavor to toasted bread slices. He also wants to create a platform where consumers can download and experience tastes from all around the world, similar to how music is currently.
For reporters, one Meiji student exhibited TTTV by saying she wanted to taste delicious chocolate on the screen. An automated voice repeated the instruction after a few tries, and flavor jets sprayed a sample onto a plastic sheet. “It tastes like milk chocolate,” she explained. “It has a chocolate sauce-like sweetness to it.”