Japan launches lickable TV screen

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Scientists in Japan have invented a lickable screen to imitate food flavours.

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.

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