Recent invention may add taste to your smartphone

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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17 Comments

1. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

WTH!!!! WHATS NEXT (screams)

7. ngyixian96

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 05, 2012

tongue cancer i guess

11. the_best

Posts: 139; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

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

13. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

crazy people!!!!!!!!

2. twens

Posts: 1155; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

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

3. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

And the point is?

15. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

4. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Friend : Soo, how does your phone taste like?

5. JewBakaUCFG

Posts: 176; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

16. MFHRaptor

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

Introducing the new iSuck !

17. JewBakaUCFG

Posts: 176; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

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

6. sss_ddk

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

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

8. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

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

9. Reeyawn

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

What the hell... smh...

10. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 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®.

12. ravivarma639

Posts: 22; Member since: Apr 15, 2013

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

14. GeekMovement unregistered

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

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