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Recent invention may add taste to your smartphone

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Recent invention may add taste to your smartphone
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you could experience different flavors with the aid of your smartphone? Oh, you haven't? Well, as a matter of fact, neither have we, but a recent invention might one day fool us all that our beloved smartphones taste like raspberry cheesecake. Sort of.

Last month in Spain scientists from the National University of Singapore unveiled their latest invention - the so called “digital lollipop”, which utilizes both electric and thermal technology to cheat your taste buds. The gizmo consist of a silver electrode that transmits alternating electric signals straight to your tongue and causes very rapid changes in its temperature. This way your taste buds are fooled that they taste one or several of the five main flavors – salty, sweet, sour, bitter or the “umami”. Yet, the technology is still in its early days and it's neither usable, nor complete, because in order to fully cheat your senses that the electrodes in your mouth are actually chocolate-dipped marshmallows, smell and texture must be somehow emulated as well.

Ph.D. Nimesha Ranasinghe, the head of the project, claims that the technology has a lot of potential and could be used in a number of cases. He implied that the taste-emulating technology might not only be used medically, but commercially as well, for example in the field of gaming. According to Dr. Ranasinghe, there is a whole new level of interaction between the game environment and the player when taste is included, because sweet rewards might be given to players who successfully complete a mission in the game, while a bitter taste might be the punishment for failing to complete a goal.

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posted on 25 Nov 2013, 07:56 3

1. mr.techdude (Posts: 536; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


WTH!!!! WHATS NEXT (screams)

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 08:57 7

7. ngyixian96 (Posts: 75; Member since: 05 Feb 2012)


tongue cancer i guess

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 10:01

11. the_best (Posts: 132; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


what im really looking forward to is when smell comes=)

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 14:11

13. LiyanaBG (Posts: 288; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


crazy people!!!!!!!!

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 07:58

2. twens (Posts: 518; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


What a joke. It will be cool to serve some kit kat to android buyers though. Yummy.

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 07:58

3. Shatter (Posts: 1967; Member since: 29 May 2013)


And the point is?

posted on 26 Nov 2013, 00:21

15. Taters (Posts: 2590; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Lots of potential if they can avoid tongue cancer. If you can pretend to eat a $100 dollar steak when you are in reality eating a healthy vegetable it would actually potentially cure obesity. Now taste is only one part of it and satiety is another major hurdle but it would help. Get full on healthy foods while shocking your tongue so that your brain thinks that it is eating junkie and rich foods.

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 08:10 2

4. androiphone20 (Posts: 1393; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Friend : Soo, how does your phone taste like?

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 08:17 6

5. JewBakaUCFG (Posts: 173; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


Great. As if kids weren't getting smartphones young enough before. Soon they can get an iPacifier. A sucker with wifi for the toddlers.

posted on 26 Nov 2013, 06:07

16. MFHRaptor (Posts: 3; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


Introducing the new iSuck !

posted on 26 Nov 2013, 18:33

17. JewBakaUCFG (Posts: 173; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


You should really be more appreciative of yourself. :-p

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 08:50 1

6. sss_ddk (Posts: 60; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


So will the next smartphone virus make my phone taste like Sh....?

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 09:16 3

8. KillerKeyboard (Posts: 305; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


Ah... This could be what Microsoft needs.
According to Steve Jobs, MS have no taste.

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 09:17

9. Reeyawn (Posts: 59; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


What the hell... smh...

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 09:35 3

10. KillerKeyboard (Posts: 305; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


This would be great with the upcoming Android 4.5 Lollipop.
It will support phones that have the very innovative new feature Lick to Unlock®.
With Tongueprint Scanner® and Moisture Detector®.

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 12:21 1

12. ravivarma639 (Posts: 18; Member since: 15 Apr 2013)


Lol.. i laughed for 10min reading your comment good joke

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 23:01

14. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


gross germs galore. but on that note, enter the iPhone's new "click-it-and-lick-it" feature.

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