Electronic taste – Science – Kommersant

A Japanese professor has developed a prototype TV screen that can mimic food tastes. This is the most important step towards completeness of sensations in
watching movies and playing video games.

Professor Khomei Miyashita of Meiji University has created a device called Taste the TV (TTTV). It uses a ten-bubble carousel of flavor samples. The program allows you to create a composition from this set that simulates the taste of a particular food – it is shown at that moment on the device screen.

The liquid obtained from mixing the samples is sprayed by the device onto a special hygienically tested film, with which you can try what happened.

Miyashita believes that in the current covid era, his invention will help people stay connected with the outside world.

“The goal,” he explains, “is to give people, in the comfort of their homes, the opportunity to experience something like dining at a restaurant across the world.”

Miyashita works with a team of three dozen students. They are engaged in the creation of special devices for “receiving” such “food”. Among their developments is a special fork, with its help the taste is more convincing.

Miyashita built the TTTV prototype in about a year – just during the covid insulation. In his opinion, the commercial version of his device will cost about 100 thousand yen, or about $ 875.

In addition to the pure curiosity that Miyashita’s invention arouses, his device can also have quite practical applications – for example, for distance learning for sommeliers and chefs, as well as a variety of tastings and quizzes.

Miyashita is in talks with companies to use his “electronic taste” technology in devices that can make a slice of toasted bread taste like pizza or chocolate.

He also hopes to create a platform where users can download and enjoy flavors from around the world, much like download platforms do now.

Based on materials

Leonty Krivov,



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