Researchers from Japan have developed computerized chopsticks that enhance salty tastes. It can potentially help those who need to reduce sodium intake in their diets. The project was a team effort between Meiji University professor Homei Miyashita and beverage maker Kirin Holdings Co.
The chopsticks enhance taste using electrical stimulation and a mini computer worn on a wristband. The utensil uses a weak electrical current to transmit sodium ions from food, through chopsticks, to the mouth where they create a sense of saltiness, said Miyashita. He explained that “As a result, the salty taste enhances 1.5 times,”
The professor and his lab have explored different projects where technology can interact with and stimulate human sensory experiences. His team has developed a lickable TV screen that can imitate different food flavours.
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