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Tongue electrode lets you taste virtual food

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Posted in Science on 23rd Nov, 2013 01:11 AM by AlexMuller

In the anime series Sword Art Online, gamers take part in a virtual world that is teeming with danger, but also with food (when they’re not fighting monsters, the characters are usually eating).

 

What if such an experience was a reality? What if you could plug into your Oculus Rift and not only interact with food in a virtual environment, but also actually taste it? A new electrode developed by scientists at the National University of Singapore could be the first step in making that happen.

 
This electrode, when placed directly on the tongue, can mimic all four taste sensations present there: sweet, salty, bitter and sour. It works by producing signals that change in temperature and electrical current after touching the tip of the tongue. A semiconductor controls the process, allowing the electrode to heat and cool quickly. It’s also completely safe, albeit a little clunky — researchers hope to make it more comfortable in the near future.
 
In addition to gaming applications, such a device could also allow you to taste dishes on a cooking show. Imagine watching Rachel Ray and being able to test her pasta primavera before preparing it yourself. The electrode could even be used to simulate sugary treats for people with diabetes. In fact, this same research team is also working on a digital lollipop: a non-stop sugar rush, without the sugar. Just call it the ultimate diet cheat.

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Comments

Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-23
+1
Virtual world is now not only limited to what you can see- great step towards involving other senses
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-23
+0
I wonder what would we be able to lick our iPhone to taste some strawberry ice cream or a bar of chocolate? Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-23
+0
I think that a digital lollipop is great idea- it will provide a hit of sweet without the downsides associated to consuming sugar. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-23
+0
So many possible applications. Advertisers might include the taste of a product in an add on a computer or television and movies could become more interactive, allowing people to taste the food an actor is eating. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-23
+0
With this device, life in virtual reality could soon get a whole lot tastier ! I can wait for this experience Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-23
+1
VR becoming even more real- we can see, hear and taste-it is it also possible to move and excercise Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-23
+0
This is a great device, developed by researchers at the National University of Singapore- great achievement Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-23
+0
Taste of food without consuming food- this could solve obesity by reducing food consumption Reply


 

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