We’ll start this post with an experiment. Open a new window and visit one of your favorite websites. Now, think about how it tastes.

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The notion of transmitting taste digitally sounds like something straight out of Sci-Fi or Willy Wonka (“The snozzberries taste like snozzberries!”). But researchers at the National University of Singapore have made it a reality.

Their Digital Taste Interface works using alternating currents through electrodes to control temperature and fool taste receptors with salty, sweet, sour, and bitter sensations. Currently, the team led by Dr. Nimesha Ranasinghe plans to create a digital lollipop. Once refined, this technology will provide opportunities for even deeper levels of immersion in digital media.

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[via Fast Company]

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