Japanese professor developes ‘Lickable’ TV screen

The Taste the TV (TTTV) is a prototype developed by Japanese researchers, which imitates the flavors of various foods, allowing the viewer to taste the food by licking the screen. 
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If you have ever watched food channels and wondered what the on-screen delicacies taste like, those days of bewilderment may very well be over as a Japanese professor has developed a prototype of a lickable TV screen, that allows for the flavour profiles of food to be created.

According to multiple international sources, the device will allow you to taste the food on display by licking the screen.

Dubbed Taste the TV (TTTV), the device works by using 10 flavour canisters to spray a combination of flavours onto a plastic film that’s layered onto a flat-screen TV. The combination of flavours will attempt to recreate the taste of a specific food item according to news sources.

“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,” Meiji University professor Homei Miyashita told Reuters. 

“I’m thinking of making a platform where tastes from all over the world can be distributed as ‘taste content.’ It’s the same as watching a movie or listening to a song that you like,” Miyashita added. “I hope people can, in the future, download and enjoy the flavours of the food from the restaurants they fancy, regardless of where they are based in the future.” 

The professor added that this device might come in useful for budding sommeliers and chefs — who need to taste things while honing their craft but are disadvantaged because of remote learning.

“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.”

Meiji University professor, Homei Miyashita

Miyashita told Reuters that he built the prototype over the last year. He estimated that if a commercial version were to be created, it would cost $875 to produce.