JAPANESE INVENTOR CREATES LICKABLE DEVICE THAT DELIVERS VIRTUALLY ANY FLAVOR
So technology continues to surprise! I remember seeing Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and that movie delivered some serious fantasy for adults and children alike. But one particular item in that film that still amazed is the everlasting gobstopper. Well, and maybe the lickable wall with every flavor you can imagine. Any. Flavor. And now, we have almost arrived at that reality! It’s a lickable device. So yes, you lick it, and depending on what you chose, you taste virtually any flavor in the world! I suppose it was only a matter of time. But I still find it to be pretty much amazing. The future is now! Already…
NORMALLY, NO ONE SHOULD LICK ANY ELECTRONIC DEVICE, TILL NOW
So usually, we never lick electronic devices. Seriously, the end result could simply be the end. Zap! But now we are supposed to lick an electronic device, with no vice involved. A researcher at the University of Meiji in Japan done went and invented this amazing surprise. A lickable device that can create any flavor. How? Well, that gets a little technical, of course. But a nice shortcut is to explain that it can trigger all five taste sensations on your tongue. Talk about everlasting! Well, if there’s power, of course. So what are these five different tastes you can now find on a lickable device? Sweet, sour, salty and, of course, the range of bitter flavors. That’s just incredible.
TASTE DISPLAY DELIVERS RANGE OF ALL FIVE FLAVOR TYPES VIA GEL STIMULATION
Oh, what? Yeah, that’s only four. So the fifth is that hard to understand umami, which does a lot to really define how we enjoy flavors. But in recent years, we’ve learned a lot about how the human tongue works and delivers taste sensation. That new understanding allowed the brilliant Homei Miyashita to create the lickable device, or the Norimaki Synthesizer. He also calls it a taste display. That sounds pretty Star Trek, to me. To go a little more technical, the lickable device delivers coded gels. Glycine for sweet, citric acid for acidic, salty is from sodium chloride, bitter from magnesium chloride. And yes, glutamic sodium for umami. Yum. Anything is possible. Any flavor, any time.
The hope is that this lickable device will eventually be a device small enough to carry in your pocket! Cooks and chefs might love it. It could be a flavor tuner! Anyone could design flavors! What’s next, a food replicator? Sign me up. Well. Maybe Thor’s bottomless beer glass, first.