A prototype “lickable” TV screen which can mimic food flavours has been developed by a Japanese professor, Reuters reports.
Dubbed Taste-the-TV, ten canisters spray flavour onto a “hygienic film” which is rolled over the screen for the viewer to lick.
Professor Homei Miyashita of Meiji University, suggested it could be used to train cooks or sommeliers remotely,
If made commercially, the TV would cost $875 (£735), he estimated.
“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,” he told Reuters.
He is reportedly in talks with manufacturers about other possible applications of the flavour-spraying technology, such as adding flavours to toast.