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Digital Taste Interface

Unknown Lamer posted about 10 months ago | from the good-news-everyone dept.

Technology 47

Tutter writes with news that Smellovision is being joined in reality by Tasteovision. "Possible applications in healthcare and gaming — it works by using electrodes on your tongue to stimulate salty, sweet, bitter and sour. It can produce the taste of virtual foods or drinks, allowing you to enjoy the taste without the calories (or chewing...). They are also good reasons to do this, for example, a diabetic can now taste sweets without actually affecting their blood sugar levels. Quote: 'The team is also working on a spin-off called a digital lollipop that will give the effect of a continuous sugar hit – but without sugar. For taste messaging they have developed TOIP — Taste Over Internet Protocol. This is a data format that makes it easy to transmit information on how to recreate the different tastes via the electrode. ... It is early days. The four major taste components, plus the fifth, the savoury 'umami' tang, are only a part of what we call flavor. Smell and texture are important, too — and the team now wants to work on adding those effects.' A video on youtube shows what it can do."

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Diabetics (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45502923)

a diabetic can now taste sweets without actually affecting their blood sugar levels

Who says the taste of sweets won't affect your blood sugar levels?

Re:Diabetics (2)

MrBigInThePants (624986) | about 10 months ago | (#45503417)

They are struggling to find a scenario in which this technology is anything other than an empty (and almost certainly expensive) gimmick.

You are correct. Research shows that just the taste of sweet things can cause insulin reactions etc.

I am also amused that a youtube video can "show" me what it can do....

Re:Diabetics (1)

rubycodez (864176) | about 10 months ago | (#45507347)

the same scenario that has advanced the frontiers of digital communications technology, new and better types of porn. In this case, the genres are obvious

Re:Diabetics (1)

MrBigInThePants (624986) | about 10 months ago | (#45509205)

Well porn wont work for this.

Outside of the various flavoured genital coverings and creams sex tends to taste nasty.

Re:Diabetics (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45522643)

That is disgusting. You must pick up on some really unhygienic women if you think sex tastes nasty.

I'll give you a hint: a properly taken care of vagina actually smells and tastes quite good.

Re:Diabetics (1)

rubycodez (864176) | about 10 months ago | (#45561765)

maybe he's gay and complaining about a different orifice

Re:Diabetics (3, Informative)

barfy (256323) | about 10 months ago | (#45507375)

There is good reason to believe that sweet testing things cause insulin production, especially because certain items, especially sugars start making it into your blood stream prior to ingestion. This is the believed source of the diet coke makes you fat syndrome. It causes insulin response because of sweetness, gating existing blood sugar into cells for storage. Lowering blood sugar which needs to be replaced making you eat, eat sooner, eat more often, eat energy dense foods. If they are ONLY testing blood sugar response on diabetics, you may find that it DOESN'T affect blood sugar, because they are diabetic. Where this makes a world of difference is in pre-diabetics. Those that already have too much stored in their body, but have either yet to max out, or that the insulin production in their body hasn't already been damaged.

Re:Diabetics (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45506827)

Hey man, I got this new root beer flavour, I'll email it to you. What do you mean it tastes like shit? Oh, sorry, I accidentally sent you the "feces" file.

Doubt it (1)

Iamthecheese (1264298) | about 10 months ago | (#45502939)

This video has a very high claim/evidence ratio. All I can see is a man with two electrodes in his mouth. Nothing about how it works. I'm going to file this in "speculative fiction"

Re:Doubt it (4, Interesting)

icebike (68054) | about 10 months ago | (#45503097)

Yes, that's what it seemed like to me.
I suspect there is a tongue covering device in the mouth to send the electrical to the proper receptors.

As for TOIP, (taste over internet protocol), I think I'll pass. I still can't get Goatse out of my eyes, I'll be damned if I want it in my mouth.

Re:Doubt it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45505091)

TOIP virus. You now taste dog shit in your mouth! But for your wife, she can now taste my cock again from the comfort of your home. I'm such a tease aren't I?

Re:Doubt it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45503185)

It's also one of these whizzy inventions that we have forgotten tomorrow and never hear again about.

Re:Doubt it (1)

Scott Ragen (3378093) | about 10 months ago | (#45503463)

I was impressed with the guy licking his screen. I have an identical notebook and licked my screen, but sadly tasted nothing...
I was looking forward to that chocolate cake!

Re:Doubt it (1)

Jamie Ian Macgregor (3389757) | about 10 months ago | (#45511543)

it probably just tastes like the terminals of a 9v battery.

Nonsense (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45502965)

The whole "zones of taste on the tongue" is a myth, just like the "five senses" (there are at least 6, just the sense of balance alone proves this).

And what about smell? Those volatile molecules are most of what is perceived as a flavor. The only way this submission could be more hypey and bullshitty is if they used 3D printing somehow.

Re:Nonsense (1)

Schmorgluck (1293264) | about 10 months ago | (#45503149)

Plus, they don't even mention the umami taste. This totally smells and tastes like overhyped bullshit.

Re:Nonsense (1)

Holi (250190) | about 10 months ago | (#45503273)

So you don't even read the summary I see.

" It is early days. The four major taste components, plus the fifth, the savoury 'umami' tang,"

Re:Nonsense (1)

Schmorgluck (1293264) | about 10 months ago | (#45503373)

I may have basically glanced at the summary. I stopped paying close attention after the first sentence mentionned only four tastes. My bad.

Porn (1, Interesting)

girlintraining (1395911) | about 10 months ago | (#45502975)

Well, since porn has usually been a driver for technology... It goes without saying... being able to taste the sex will be one use this technology will soon be put to. And if they can perfect the taste of flavored latex... the sky is the limit. -_- I know you think I'm joking, but I'm not -- VHS versus Betamax. VHS won because Betamax wouldn't license to porn producers. Technology is replete with examples of our insatiable hedonistic appetites driving it to profit and success over its competitors, who tried to maintain "the high ground".

Re:Porn (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 10 months ago | (#45502995)

In our house, VHS won because longer tapes were available.

Re:Porn (1)

BergZ (1680594) | about 10 months ago | (#45503033)

In our house, VHS won because longer tapes were available to record more porn.

Re:Porn (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45503139)

"Taste the sex"?

You're not doing it right.

neither are you... (1)

globaljustin (574257) | about 10 months ago | (#45503489)

"Taste the sex"?

You're not doing it right.

ahem...

the mouth is commonly used in sex acts ...

which would involve taste

both you and GP seem foreign to this whole enterprise...mouths are integral for sex...but taste is...a parenthetical sensation at best...one enjoyed b/c of the source it...came from...not because of any inherent characteristic

Re:Porn (1)

aliquis (678370) | about 10 months ago | (#45503391)

Any chance some other film producer didn't picked Betamax for the same reason as the porn industry (all of it?) did?

Or was the porn industry unique?

Re:Porn (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45503603)

I'm sure several other studios chose VHS for that reason, but a lot went with betamax (and later LaserDisc) because they didn't give a fuck if it was inconvenient for their customers to have to get up mid movie and change tapes/discs.

They still don't give a fuck about our convenience, which is why they frontload a ton of bullshit.

Re:Porn (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45504033)

The porn industry made VHS the most popular format and the mainstream film industry then simply chose to support the format most people had playback devices for. Before VCRs existed, people had to watch porn in porn cinemas which was too embarrassing for many whilst the advantages a VCR had over cinemas and TV for watching mainstream movies were much lesser. Quality-wise the difference between a movie theater and a TV + VCR was much, much greater than today and people simply had a different mindset back then. Access to porn was thus perhaps the most compelling reason to get a VCR in the first place and since porn was on VHS, it was what people got.

Re:Porn (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45503845)

Why would you use a device that costs much more than "flavored latex" to simulate the taste of flavored latex? It's the taste of a ripe snatch that needs to be simulated and that has a lot more to do with smell than taste.

Re:Porn (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45505109)

Just put a can of tuna in front of you and be done with it already. You and your new fangled technology. Better yet, get laid for real!

What could possibly go wrong? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45502979)

Why simulate sugar tasting on an ongoing basis? Might there be a feedback effect, psychosomatic diabetes, muscle change, etc. I'd rather have beer taste simulated than candy.

Oh boy! (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 10 months ago | (#45502983)

I can't wait to hear about the first users getting hacked. I wonder what flavours will be used for the hacks, apart from the obvious ones. I'll let your dirty minds fill in the blanks.

Re:Oh boy! (2)

locopuyo (1433631) | about 10 months ago | (#45503307)

Bacon flavored sperm

Re:Oh boy! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45504475)

Bacon flavored sperm

Ewww. That's almost as revolting as "Canadian Bacon."

Re:Oh boy! (1)

rubycodez (864176) | about 10 months ago | (#45507381)

if a pill could do that most women would beg to perform fellatio, and swallow

Re:Oh boy! (1)

locopuyo (1433631) | about 10 months ago | (#45522961)

Same for the dogs from that commercial.

Re:Oh boy! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45507269)

Yep! The hackers will have a field day with this!

Bad taste (0)

Chemisor (97276) | about 10 months ago | (#45503109)

I do not welcome the new overlords of bad taste.

well at least one claim is pure fiction... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45503179)

They are also good reasons to do this, for example, a diabetic can now taste sweets without actually affecting their blood sugar levels.

No, actually they cannot. Stimulation of sweet taste receptors triggers insulin release, which in turn does, you know, affect blood sugar levels somewhat ;-)

Computer (1)

Pharoah_69 (2866937) | about 10 months ago | (#45503199)

Computer, cup of Earl Grey, please.

'The team is also working on a spin-off called a digital lollipop that will give the effect of a continuous sugar hit..."

Oh. the women are just going to looooove this.

creation remains undefeated vs. manic viagrants (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45503203)

'little shakin' babys & drunkards seem to all agree, once the show gets
started it's bound to be a sight to see'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1F2zl4LqSlg

we need to cache as many apples as possible?

based on the 'weather' reports http://www.globalresearch.ca/weather-warfare-beware-the-us-military-s-experiments-with-climatic-warfare/7561

Slashdot only allows anonymous users to post 10 (once if you mention the 'weather') times per day (more or
less, depending on moderation). A user from your IP has already shared his
or her thoughts with us that many (once) times.

free the innocent stem cells

Who narrated the video? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45503419)

Somebody with learning difficulties?

Did.Not.Take.Serious.

digital wonka interface (1)

jjeffries (17675) | about 10 months ago | (#45503559)

The snozzberries taste like snozzberries!

What's the point anyway? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45503833)

...as it will almost certainly invariably produce a taste that is almost, but not quite, utterly unlike tea.
Douglas Adams in memoriam.

"An electrode... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45504119)

...that can produce the taste of salty, sweet, bitter and sour food"

Can it do 9V battery flavor, too?

Imagine the possibilities (2)

Dunbal (464142) | about 10 months ago | (#45504337)

If this was real, I can see trolling entering a whole new dimension. Here - taste this....

here it is! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45505011)

This is what it's leading up to: http://www.jbox.com/product/ADT656

On a more serious note, couldn't emulating the taste of sugar also cause health issues by tricking the brain into expecting sugar?

http://www.npr.org/2013/07/12/201461166/not-so-sweet-side-effects-of-artificial-sweeteners

"So if you think about a world where there are no artificial sweeteners, when we taste something sweet, it's often a sugar. And that means when the sweet taste hits our mouth, our bodies, our brains, based on this experience can learn to anticipate that calories and sugar are going to show up. And as a result, we'll start to produce changes, physiological changes; like the release of hormones, and the activation of our metabolism so that we can deal with the arrival of those calories in that sugar. And we think that's kind of a learning process; and that helps us not only regulate how much we eat but also to keep our blood sugar in a more healthy range. And now if you introduce an artificial sweetener, what you do is you get this very strong sweet taste in your mouth, but you don't get the consequences that normally ought to show up. No calories show up. No sugar shows up. And so your body will then adjust to that new reality by saying, wait a minute; I've tasted something sweet. I have no idea what's going to happen. I'm not going to release those hormones, or I'm not going to release as many of those hormones. And that's what we really think the confusion comes from."

Don't reach for the 24 hour virtual lollipop just yet.

I already do this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45505157)

I already know that candy and other stuff has about a bazillion calories in it, and I like to stay svelte and in shape, so I just chew the candy to get the taste and texture (texture is key, which is clearly a problem with this technology) then spit it out.
I eat fairly healthy otherwise, but I'm posting as anon because I suspect there are those out there who would look down on my practice of not swallowing.

Strolls out on stage... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45527541)

Introducing the Itongue. Now you can taste Jobs' actual turtleneck!

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