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Will 'lick-o-vision' be 2022's first new TV trend ?

By T.K. Randall
January 1, 2022 · Comment icon 8 comments



What if you could taste chocolate by licking this picture ? Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Luisa Contreras
A Japanese professor has invented a new type of television screen that you can lick to experience different tastes.
Move over 8k - the latest trend in TV technology could be something far simpler (and much stranger) than a higher resolution display - that is, at least, if you are actually willing to use it.

Known as Taste the TV (or 'TTTV' for short), this new prototype TV technology is being developed by Homei Miyashita, a professor at Japan's Meiji University in Tokyo.

A major step towards a full, multisensory viewing experience, the screen works using a carousel of 10 unique flavor canisters that combine together to produce a wide range of distinct tastes.

To experience them, all you have to do is lick the screen.
While this might seem a rather questionable practice in the middle of a pandemic, the idea behind the technology is to make it possible to experience new and interesting flavors without leaving your house.

"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," said Miyashita.

Working together with a team of 30 students, Miyashita has also been in talks to use his spray taste technology in a device that can apply different flavors to a piece of toast.

Whether the idea of a lickable television screen will catch on, however, remains to be seen.



Source: The Guardian | Comments (8)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by jethrofloyd 1 year ago
It doesn't matter that we are massively destroying a plants and animals on Earth. Soon, all of them will be "likable". Come here man, you can lick and taste a extinct Ivory-billed woodpecker.  
Comment icon #2 Posted by L.A.T.1961 1 year ago
The timing looks as good as trying to sell gas guzzlers during the 1973 oil crisis.  
Comment icon #3 Posted by diddyman68 1 year ago
I'm sure I'd look really dignified licking the tv screen every time a food advert came on .
Comment icon #4 Posted by jethrofloyd 1 year ago
Netlicks?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Stiff 1 year ago
I hope it's tongue in cheek. Saying that, there's plenty of folk on here that wouldn't be adverse to licking windows so maybe it will take off after all.
Comment icon #6 Posted by ercbreeze 1 year ago
This should go well during the covid pandemic!    
Comment icon #7 Posted by pallidin 1 year ago
Yuck. 
Comment icon #8 Posted by bigjonalien 1 year ago
My parents told be about smell-o-vision. They would give u a card as u enter the movie theatre with scratch and sniff cards and when indicated u would scratch the number for that scent. Think that the 70's or earlier.


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