Professor Creates a “Lickable” TV Screen That Imitates the Taste of Food

A Japanese professor has created a prototype lickable TV screen that can reportedly imitate the taste of various foods. Dubbed Taste the TV (TTTV), the prototype was developed by Homei Miyashita, a professor at the prestigious Meiji University in Japan, as a step towards a true multi-sensory viewing experience. The Intriguing device uses a carousel of 10 flavor canisters that are sprayed in combination to create the taste of a particular food. The cocktail then rolls onto hygienic film over a flat TV screen and the viewer can sample it. Miyashita believes that this technology can help people connect and interact, even over long distances. 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. Miyashita said that should his TTTV device be available commercially right now, it would probably cost around 100,000 yen ($875) to make. Even if the bizarre invention never hits the market, the concept behind it could find a home in the food business. The inventor claims that he has been in talks with companies about using his spray carousel technology for various purposes, like applying flavors to toast or pizza.