Tasty Televisions: The Lick-able TV Screen
Santoshshiva investigates new technology that allows us to taste our televisions.
Japanese professor Homei Miyashita has developed the TTTV, a prototype device that utilizes a lickable TV screen to imitate food flavours. Using a carousel of ten canisters, each one representing a type of flavor such as salty and sweet, a mixture with the desired taste profile is created and rolls on hygienic film over a flat TV screen for the viewer to try. According to Homei Miyashita, “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.”
Other potential uses are for culinary education, food experimentation, and tasting games and quizzes.
However, this invention has many concerns. First of all, it is extremely unhygienic to lick a TV screen, especially if it has been licked before or has accumulated a lot of dust. Diseases such as the coronavirus can easily spread with the usage of this device.
Additionally, Miyashita estimates that it will cost around 875 US Dollars, which is nearly $300 more than other TV’s. It is unlikely that this steep price increase solely for the ability to taste the screen will be worth it. For now, waiting to see how this device comes to public fruition is the only thing that can be done.