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Taste the TV: Invention sends flavors straight to lickable screens

Professor at Japan's Meiji University envisions Netflix-style subscriptions

Meiji University professor Homei Miyashita believes the new device can eventually be used to train sommeliers. (Photo provided by Homei Miyashita)

TOKYO -- Watching cooking programs on television has been all the rage in recent years, but how do the dishes themselves taste? A Japanese professor has invented a device to give hungry viewers an idea.

Unveiled in October 2021 by Homei Miyashita of Meiji University, Taste the TV uses 10 or so cartridges to create a taste sample that imitates certain foods and can then sprayed onto a film on the screen or onto foods like rice and bread.

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