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Scientists Developing Artificial Taste Simulators

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Part of the Digital Taste Interface.
Part of the Digital Taste Interface.
Photo: Ranasinghe

Researchers in Singapore are currently hard at work creating an electronic taste buds stimulator that, as the Telegraph excitedly reports, may one day allow viewers of culinary/food TV to "taste" the things they see onscreen. Scientist Nimesha Ranasinghe has been at work on his "Digital Taste Interface" since 2012, recently presenting new findings at last month's ACM Multimedia conference. Essentially, the device uses electrical and thermal cues to stimulate the taste buds, triggering taste sensations for the basic four tastes: sweet, salty, sour, and bitter.

Ranasinghe's research portfolio also includes a "Digital/Electric Lollipop" that applies electrical currents to the tongue. The current research doesn't include other taste factors — notably, smell and other tastes like umami and fat — but still, the Telegraph notes the technology may one day allow its uses to experience meals as part of computer games, TV sensory additions, or "allow people to share meals over the internet."

· Electronics Could Allow Viewers to Sample Show Creations [The Telegraph]
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