Have you ever seen a food commercial and thought, “That looks delicious! I wish I could taste that!”
With this new invention from Japan, now you can. Professor Homei Miyashita of Meiji University has created Taste the Television (TTTV), the world’s first purposefully lickable screen.
Craving a chocolate bar? Just search for a video of chocolate, lick the screen, and taste the chocolatey goodness. You’re in more of a pizza mood? No problem. Miyashita’s delectable device can provide that too.
How is this even possible?
The TTTV system has 10 tanks attached to it. The tanks spray different combinations of flavors to imitate the taste of almost any treat on the screen. Those 10 flavors include the five basic tastes: salty, sour, sweet, bitter, and umami (savory). The other tanks add additional sensations such as astringent, pungent, and aromatic flavors.
Wait, everybody licking the same screen? That sounds gross!
Don’t worry. TTTV sprays its flavors onto a clean film that slides over the screen. You and your friends need not worry about sharing germs while enjoying a delicious ice cream commercial.
But if you want to start licking your screen, you might need to save up. According to Miyashita, this device would cost about 100,000 yen, or $875.
When the coronavirus pandemic began, many people had to stay at home. Miyahsita missed traveling and trying new foods in new places. He wanted to create a safe experience so people could enjoy food from anywhere in the world.
Stuck at home in Kentucky? Just turn on TTTV and taste dumplings from China, meatballs from Italy, or snails from France. (Okay, maybe not snails.) With TTTV, Miyashita hopes people will access “taste content” the same way they access songs and movies.
This isn’t the first flavor-related invention to come from Miyashita’s lab. He and his students also created a fork that makes food taste better. He hopes to use the spray technology of TTTV to help food companies flavor toasted bread and crackers.
The world surely has gone digital. Even school and work often happen online. It’s hard to connect with people and places through a screen. Miyashita hopes his invention will help make that connection a little more real.
But will it? You can lick the taste of roast chicken from the screen. But if you’re hungry, it won’t fill you. And it can’t replace the hustle and bustle of chefs in the kitchen or the joy of friends around a table.
God gave us real food to enjoy, and real people to enjoy it with. So when you’re licking your screen—mmm, vanilla!—maybe take a break and eat an apple with a friend or family member.
Why? Inventions like TTTV and virtual reality can be fun for trying new things, but they can’t replace God’s good creation.
Wow that's amazing I want one of those.
That is partly weird and partly delicious
That's gross! :)
1 yen is equal to...
0.0087 USD so 100 yen is less than a dollar
When you convert dollars to yen you get something like 114.84yen for 1 dollar! Like what's going on here?
That's weird, but cool. Yummy!
Um, that is really weird!!!! And kinda gross too, in my opinion. Like, I don't watch much TV to begin with, and I really dont think I would want to go lick a film so that I could taste whatever is on the TV. That is just STRANGE.
What about texture? I mean, sure cool, but ice cream really tastes good Because of the texture.
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That is so cool!
Yuck! What kind of invention is that??!
Thats sanitary LOL
but also........... my life is a lie EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
Ok............? Ummmmmm interesting I guess?? xD It's a very unique idea, let's say that...
I HAD THAT IDEA A LONG TIME AGO, BUT I NEVER KNEW IT WOULD BECOME A REALITY!
We have tasty tv and now. I bring you The Smell-o-vision! Just load the oils and smell! some movies now come with a oils kit!
Reminds me of Willy Wonka
This reminds me of Willy Wonka only you don't get to have the solid food. Just the taste. It might cause hunger more often too which wouldn't be a great thing.
Lol That would be weird. I'm not sure what purpose these inventions have, but they are cool. -Lucy C
This world is getting technologically crazy! But they're right: a lick isn't the same as eating ACTUAL food.
IG this this thing has its
IG this this thing has its uses, but I forsee it more as an advertising venue in town, not a home thing. I could be wrong tho
combine this with vr and it really would seem like real life
Well, you still gotta replicate hearing (which has a ways to go) and smell and feel.
BUT I LIKE TO CHEW MY FOOD.!!!!!!! And are you supposed to buy one for each family member or are we all supposed to lick the same screen? XD
This is weird I mean as a kid you think ' wow what if I could just taste that' but I didn't think this was going to actually happen. btw it kinda reminds me of the newer version of Charley and the Chocolate factory where you can reach into the TV and take the chocolate bar and eat it.
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XDXDXDXDXD goood point lol
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cool but very strange .???? i thought it would cost more money though XD Willie wonka
that is soooo weird! i would def not lick my TV screen. it would leave smudges. XD
on the shopping list
my only question is what is the spray made of, and do I want to know...
one more thing
do you have to buy flavor spray refills, if so where do i buy them from?
*absently chews on a cell
*absently chews on a cell phone* Yes, excellent idea... Screens have never before in mankind's history *crunch* been so delectable.
I said the same thing! Lol.
i don`t know about that
I'm not sure what i think about that. its weird and kinda cool. also i dont like charlie and the choco factory because they ruined it. willie wonka is WAAAAAAAAAAAY better.
Thats weird, and kind of
Thats weird, and kind of gross. Would never spend my money on something like that
Are Engineers bored??
The best way to spread Covid!! (Everyone licking the same screen) : 0
All I can say is that I don't think I want to lick a screen. That doesn't look very appeasing...
I bought some stuff from daisy and they have a price conversion chart as they have the prices listed in yen so everything is so cheap I got a (fake) Lego for a dollar
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I should get one! sounds delicious!
that's sooo cool! I would pay all of my money for one of those if I had enough!!!
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@CorinaH That last comment is not Sophia. That is my sister.
That's disgusting, imagine
That's disgusting, imagine how many people licked that screen
THAT SOUNDS AMAZING!!! I'll just look up some videos of the best food on earth and ENJOY