The only missing piece in the virtual reality growing every day around us was the taste. Tasting something and - even more - sending out "tastes" via internet, just like we send video or audio, was impossible.
Well, as of yesterday, this is a reality.
According to this news, a Japanese researcher, Homei Miyashita of Meiji University created a virtual taste device, which is basically just a stick with 5 gel tubes, which can be then controlled via electrical impulses. Each tube is filled with a gel containing a basic taste, bitter, salt, umami, sweet, and sour, and, by stimulating electrically the particles, the taste can be changed to virtually everything in this world.
The applications of this device are huge. From "try before you order" a specific food on the internet, to "tasting" sessions without the actual food being ingested, sort of like we engage in watching movies - and not going to theatre - or listening to music on our devices - and not going to a concert.
Here's a short video displaying the device and the process of generating tastes:
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