Researchers have created a digital lollipop capable of creating different tastes through virtual reality.
Electronic devices are placed on the tongue and work by stimulating taste buds with an electrical current. Also includes an extra trick for varying temperatures to help fool the brain into thinking you're tasting food.
The device is able to simulate all four major taste groups - salty, sweet, sour and bitter.
Nimesha Ranasinghe, an engineer at the National University of Singapore who led the research, believes the technology could one day be implemented at home, allowing viewers to taste food prepared in cooking shows.
"We found that non-invasive electrical and thermal stimulation of the tip of the tongue successfully produced primary taste sensations," he told New Scientist.
Introducing the digital music lollipop in his online portfolio, Mr Ranasinghe explained: "The system is capable of manipulating the properties of the current (amplitude, frequency and polarity: reverse current) to formulate different stimuli. Currently, we are conducting experiments, to analyze regional differences in electrical stimulation of the human tongue."
Recreational value aside, the engineer, who recently completed his Ph.D., believes the technology could one day be used for medical purposes.
"Patients with diabetes might be able to use the taste synthesizer to simulate sweetness without compromising their actual blood sugar levels. Cancer patients could use it to improve or restore a sense of taste that was weakened during chemotherapy," he said.
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