By Ross Brooks
on November 22, 2013 in

Stimulating Electrode May Let People Taste The Internet [Video]

You could soon be able to experience what you are watching with all of your senses.

There is one flaw when it comes to cooking shows – you get to see the finished product come out of the oven or frying pan, but no matter how hard you try it’s impossible to taste the results. Scientists at the National University of Singapore may have developed a solution which involves a simulator that uses electrodes to stimulate the taste buds on your tongue. It can reproduce salt, sweet, sour and bitter sensations, and their hope is that you will be able to taste that pie as it comes out of the oven from your living room.

As Dr Nimesha Ranasinghe, an engineer at the National University of Singapore, puts it: “Digital taste is a technology for digitally simulating the sensation of taste.” The electrode uses electrical and thermal stimulation in a non-invasive way to produce various taste sensations.

While taste is important, there are plenty of other factors that need to be considered to produce a rich and enjoyable sensation. Dr Ranasinghe explains: “To simulate flavours we need to go beyond taste and incorporate smell, texture, colors and other modalities, because flavor is a cross sensory experience with multiple senses.

His team are also working on a digital lollipop that can produce all the sweet enjoyment of a real piece of confectionery but without the harm to teeth or risk of putting on weight.

National University of Singapore

Source: The Telegraph

Images: National University of Singapore

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