you watch The Great British Bake Off when someone whips up a treat so enticing you momentarily consider licking your TV screen. The idea is not as far-fetched as one might think.
As Nerdist reports, Homei Miyashita, a professor at Meiji University in Tokyo, recently developed a TV you can actually lick, and it’s more hygienic than it looks. Basically, the so-called “Taste the TV” device, or TTTV, has 10 cartridges that each contain a flavored spray. These sprays create different flavor combinations, which are then deployed onto a disposable plastic sheet that covers the TV screen. All you have to do is ask for a flavor, wait for the machine to do its magic, and lick.
Miyashita was inspired to invent TTTV during the pandemic, after realizing that video technology allowed people to see and hear things happening in distant places, but couldn’t adapt to our sense of taste. the same way. With TTTV, says Global News, you could hypothetically discover prepared meals in restaurants around the world.
The innovation is still in its prototype phase; according to Reuters, it would take about $875 to make a commercial TTTV. And even if it doesn’t end up becoming a household fixture, it could find its niche elsewhere, like distance-learning programs for chefs and sommeliers, or taste-centric video games. The technology could also be co-opted for functions beyond television, such as using the flavoring part of the machine to season crackers or toast.
Whether TTTV will end up being one of the breakthrough inventions of this era or one of its weirdest inventions remains to be seen.