It was only last month that two researchers from the National University of Singapore presented a smart little device at ACM User Interface Software and Technology Symposium in Tokyo. This little box was packed with a food revolution of its own – it was packed with a battery that powered electrodes that, in turn, could stimulate taste receptors. This means you can now taste that chocolate cake you’ve been secretly googling.
The device, a prototype at this stage, has a 9V battery plugged into a circuit stacked with four different elements that trigger temperature changes of 5°C when applied to the tip of the tongue. This change in temperature creates a sweet taste.
Thanks to scientists Nimesha Ranasinghe and Ellen Yi-Luen Do from the National University of Singapore who fiddled with thermal stimulation, seeing food online is not so virtual a reality anymore.
The electrodes when placed on the jaw, stimulate jaw muscles that help us chew food. It was found that food felt tougher when high-frequency pulses were triggered, and it, alternatively, felt more elastic in texture with longer pulses.
The idea behind its creation is pretty noble too – to help those with health conditions, even those on a diet.
“We believe this will be especially helpful for the people on restricted diets for example salt (hypertension and heart problems) and sugar (diabetics),” Dr Ranashinghe told MailOnline in an interview.
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News credit: WBNews