Japanese scientists are working on a special screen that allows viewers to taste what they are watching. The device, called Taste the TV, has 10 different flavors, including chocolate, that give the taste of the food watched.
Lickable screen, which can accurately mimic the tastes of food, has different flavors sprayed on a film stretched to the screen. The technology developed by Professor Homei Miyashita of Japan’s Meiji University helps increase viewers’ multifaceted perceptions of what they are watching. “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,” Miyashita told Reuters and he is working with a team of 30 people. The Project team announced that the budget for a commercial version of Taste the TV is around £650.
The technology is also being used with real food to increase the sensory experience of eating. High-end restaurants serve their meals with virtual reality (VR) technology to create a digital dinner party by serving real food to their guests connected to VR headsets.
Two-Michelin-starred chef Paco Roncero runs a 20-course VR dining experience at Sublimotion in Ibiza, maintaining the title of the world’s most expensive Michelin-starred restaurant.