How many times have you been watching a cooking show on television and the host says, “If only you could taste this?” You can taste what’s on the lickable screen if you lick display, according to Meiji University professor Homei Miyashita.
Essentially, ten canisters will spray taste onto a “hygienic film” that will have placed over the lickable display, which will then covered by a screen. Users can then lick the screen to get a taste of what they’re viewing on the screen. The best part is that, according to Miyashita, it has predicted that if such a display were to produced commercially. It would not be prohibitively expensive, costing only $875.
“The idea is to allow people to enjoy something like eating at a restaurant on the other side of the earth while remaining at home,” Miyashita said. Miyashita goes on to say that he imagines a scenario in which people can download “taste content” from the internet. Let’s say you’ve interested about visiting a restaurant but have never been there before. In this case, the restaurant may offer downloadable “taste content” that will give you a sneak peak into the experience.
It’s a completely original concept, but it’s an intriguing one. It remains to be seen whether or not such technology will be of significant commercial worth in the future.