Have you ever wanted to taste the delicious-looking food you see cooking shows? Well, that wish has moved a step closer. A professor Japan has developed a prototype TV screen that you can lick. It is called TTTV. This abbreviation means "Taste the TV". Professor Homei Miyashita Meiji University Tokyo created the screen. He said it could become "taste-a-vision". If he created a screen that emits smells, we could also have "smell-a-vision". Professor Miyashita wanted to create a screen that gave a multisensory experience. He hopes his work means that screen technology can move from just having pictures and sound to a screen that engages the sense taste too.
Professor Miyashita said his screen can imitate food flavours. It works a bit an inkjet printer that uses different cartridges to create different colours. Instead ink, Miyashita's TTTV uses 10 different flavour cartridges. These spray a combination flavours a hygienic film that is part the TV screen. The TV viewer can then lick the screen to sample the taste. Professor Miyashita said: "The goal is to make it possible people to have the experience of something eating a restaurant on the other side of the world, even while staying home." A student at Meiji University sampled a chocolate she saw the screen. She said: "It's sweet a chocolate sauce." Miyashita said TTTV would cost $870.