The device, called Taste the TV (TTTV), uses a carousel of 10 flavour canisters that are blended together to create the taste of a particular food.
The flavour sample is then transferred to a hygienic film that covers a flat TV screen for the viewer to try.
In the Covid-19 era, this kind of technology can enhance the way people connect and interact with the outside world, said Homei Miyashita, a professor at Meiji University in Tokyo.
The goal is to make it possible for people to have the experience of something like eating at a restaurant even while staying at home.
Miyashita has worked with a team of about 30 students that have produced a variety of flavour-related devices, including a fork that makes food taste richer.
The TTTV prototype has been developed over the past year and a commercial version would cost about $1500NZD to make.
Potential applications include distance learning for chefs, and tasting games and quizzes.