Device that tricks taste buds ‘could encourage healthier food choices’

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This could be the invention we have all been waiting for… a device that tricks the tongue and could be used to turn the most unappetising healthy food into your favourite treats, scientists say.

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Yes that’s right, broccoli and kale could taste like chocolate and ice cream.

The Taste Buddy emits thermal and electric signals that stimulate the taste buds when placed in the mouth.(Professor Adrian Cheok/Press Association Images)

While the early prototype is restricted to imitating sweet or salty tastes, future versions have the potential to completely alter our diets – for instance, by transforming bland tofu into juicy steak, or conjuring up chocolate broccoli, it is claimed. Basically #winning.

Professor Adrian Cheok, from City, University of London, who led the team of scientists and engineers that created the device said: “What started out as a fun engineering experiment has now led to something much more exciting with the potential to have a positive social impact.

“The Taste Buddy could eventually help save lives, by allowing people to switch to healthier food choices.”

He added: “Many children hate the taste of vegetables. So I knew that when I became an engineer, I wanted to make a device that could allow children to eat vegetables that taste like chocolate.”(Gabe Hernandez/AP)

What if all our vegetables tasted of chocolate? (Gabe Hernandez/AP)

In its current early form the Taste Buddy consists of a 2cm wide tab that sits on the tongue and is wired to a bulky processor.

To enhance sweetness, the device warms up very rapidly and stimulates specific taste receptors that react to heat.

A weak electric current is used to target other taste buds responsible for salty flavours.

Members of the public will have a chance to try out the Taste Buddy for themselves at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair.

The event, aimed at young people interested in science, technology and engineering, takes place from March 15 to 18 at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.

http://www.irishexaminer.com/examviral/science-world/device-that-tricks-taste-buds-could-encourage-healthier-food-choices-425601.html

 

Five innovations presented at the Technical Faculty of Novi Sad University

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U četvrtak 1. septembra, na Tehničkom fakultetu ˝Mihajlo Pupin˝održano je predavanje na temu korišćenja interneta u budućnosti i inovacijama u njegovom korišćenju.

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Na ovu temu, govorio je direktor i osnivač kompanije ˝Mixed Realty Lab˝ i profesor univerziteta iz Londona, Adrian David Cheok, jedan od prvih ljudi koji su među prvima počeli da koriste i istražuju ˝proširenu stvarnost˝.

Pored predavanja o proširenoj stvarnosti, Cheok je takođe pričao o svojim i inovacijama njegovih učenika, koje za cilj imaju bolju i ˝konkretniju“ upotrebu interneta.
U prepunom amfietatru u Zrenjaninu demontrirano je 5 inovacija u IT svetu, koje će zauvek promeniti internet :

1. UREĐAJ ZA PRENOŠENJE POLJUPCA

Ukoliko ste razdvojeni od voljene osobe, poljubac je stvar koju definitivno najviše želite. Uređaj pod nazivom ˝Kissenger˝ omogućio je da osetite poljubac voljene osobe bilo gde u svetu. Sve što treba da uradite jeste da naslonite svoje usne na senzore, a tehnika će dalje učiniti svoje.

Poljubac uredjaj

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2. ˝PIDŽAMA KOJA GRLI˝

Prsluk koji će vas zagrliti kada niko drugi nije pored vas da to uradi.

3. DIGITALNI UKUS HRANE

Ukoliko želite da probate ukus nečeg novog, potrebno je da stavite svoj jezik između senzora, i na jeziku ćete osetiti željeni ukus.

4. PRSTEN ZA POZDRAVLJANJE

Ukoliko ste udaljeni daleko od prijatelja, a jako biste voleli da ga pozdravite, ne morate mu slati poruke ili ga pozvati na telefon. Pošaljite mu pozdrav prstenom, koliko kog puta poželite.

5. DIGITALNO ŠTAMPANJE HRANE

Za sve one koji bi voleli da pripreme neku vrstu hrane, a za to nemaju vremena, osmišljen je uređaj koji će to uraditi umesto njih. Sve što treba da se uradi jeste da se putem pametnog telefona daju instrukcije, i digitalni ˝štampač˝će od sastojaka koje mu prethodno ostavite, napraviti vaš željeni obrok.

Profesor sa Tehničkog fakulteta Mihajlo Pupin, Branko Markoski koji je organizovao ovo predavanje istakao je značaj ovakvih događaja za grad Zrenjanin i dodao da će se potruditi da se inovacije u Zrenjaninu češće predstavljaju, sa osnovnim ciljem da se podstaknu mladi da i sami razvijaju proizvode i platforme za 21. vek.

http://ilovezrenjanin.com/aktuelno/ovih-5-inovacija-danas-je-prikazano-na-tehnickom-fakultetu-video/

Device ‘tricks’ brain into thinking broccoli tastes like chocolate

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Bland food could soon be a thing of the past after scientists invented a revolutionary new device which completely alters our sense of taste and may prove to be a breakthrough in the fight against obesity.

British scientists are on the verge of making broccoli taste like chocolate and tofu taste like steak.

Researchers at London’s City University have built a prototype for a device, called the Taste Buddy, which uses low-level electrical current to ‘trick’ your taste buds.

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The prototype is limited to creating sweet or salty tastes, but its inventors hope it will be able to completely alter our diets by imitating any number of foods.

What started out as a fun engineering experiment has now led to something much more exciting with the potential to have a positive social impact,” lead scientist Professor Adrian Cheok said.

The Taste Buddy could eventually help save lives, by allowing people to switch to healthier food choices.

Many children hate the taste of vegetables. So I knew that when I became an engineer, I wanted to make a device that could allow children to eat vegetables that taste like chocolate,” he added.

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The device consists of a 2cm (0.8 inch) wide tab that sits on the tongue and is wired to a processor.

To enhance sweetness, the device warms up rapidly and stimulates specific taste receptors that react to heat.

A weak electric current is used to target other taste buds responsible for salty flavours.
The Taste Buddy will be showcased at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair in Birmingham next March, where members of the public will be able to try it for themselves.

https://www.rt.com/uk/362674-device-changes-food-taste/

New gadget could trick kids into eating their greens, say scientists

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13:45, 13 OCT 2016 UPDATED 13:46, 13 OCT 2016
BY JAMES RODGER

It is claimed the device will transform bland tofu into juicy steak – or conjure up chocolate broccoli

Getting your little ones to eat their greens can be one of the more difficult aspects of being a parent.

But, luckily, a new device will trick your child’s tongue and turn even the most unappetising “healthy” food into a delicious treat, according to its creators.

The Taste Buddy, which emits thermal and electric signals that stimulate the taste buds in the mouth, will head to the The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair in Birmingham next year.

While the early prototype is restricted to imitating sweet or salty tastes, future versions have the potential to completely alter our diets, scientists say.

The device will even be able transform bland tofu into juicy steak – or conjure up chocolate broccoli – it is claimed.

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The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair, aimed at young people interested in science, technology and engineering, takes place from March 15 to 18 at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.

Professor Adrian Cheok, from City, University of London, who led the team of scientists and engineers that created the device said: “What started out as a fun engineering experiment has now led to something much more exciting with the potential to have a positive social impact.

“The Taste Buddy could eventually help save lives, by allowing people to switch to healthier food choices.”

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It is claimed the device will transform bland tofu into juicy steak – or conjure up chocolate broccoli

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He added: “Many children hate the taste of vegetables. So I knew that when I became an engineer, I wanted to make a device that could allow children to eat vegetables that taste like chocolate.”

In its current early form the Taste Buddy consists of a 2cm wide tab that sits on the tongue and is wired to a bulky processor.

To enhance sweetness, the device warms up very rapidly and stimulates specific taste receptors that react to heat.

A weak electric current is used to target other taste buds responsible for salty flavours.

Members of the public will have a chance to try out the Taste Buddy for themselves in Birmingham next March.

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/health/new-gadget-could-trick-kids-12018745

Make broccoli taste like CHOCOLATE: Incredible device tricks taste buds into thinking bland food is delicious

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  • Taste Buddy emits thermal and electric signals that stimulate taste buds
  • In its current form it consists of a 2 cm wide tab that sits on the tongue
  • While the early prototype is restricted to imitating sweet or salty tastes, future versions have the potential to completely alter our diets 

When trying to stick to a diet, the temptation of delicious sugary snacks can be too much to resist.

But there is good news for dieters trying to avoid these unhealthy foods.

A device called Taste Buddy has been designed, that tricks the tongue into tasting unappetising ‘healthy’ food as delicious treats.

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Professor Adrian Cheok (pictured), from City University of London, who led the team that created the device said: 'What started out as a fun engineering experiment has now led to something much more exciting with the potential to have a positive social impact'
Professor Adrian Cheok, from City University of London, who led the team that created the device said: ‘What started out as a fun engineering experiment has now led to something much more exciting with the potential to have a positive social impact’

 

WHAT IS THE TASTE BUDDY?

In its current early form the Taste Buddy consists of a 2 centimetre (0.8 inch) wide tab that sits on the tongue and is wired to a bulky processor.

Placed in the mouth, the Taste Buddy emits thermal and electric signals that stimulate the taste buds.

To enhance sweetness, the device warms up very rapidly and stimulates specific taste receptors that react to heat.

A weak electric current is used to target other taste buds responsible for salty flavours.

The prototype for the device has been designed by scientists from City University in London.

Placed in the mouth, the Taste Buddy emits thermal and electric signals that stimulate the taste buds.

While the early prototype is restricted to imitating sweet or salty tastes, future versions have the potential to completely alter our diets.

For instance, by transforming bland tofu into juicy steak, or conjuring up chocolate broccoli, it is claimed.

Professor Adrian Cheok, from City University of London, who led the team that created the device said: ‘What started out as a fun engineering experiment has now led to something much more exciting with the potential to have a positive social impact.

When trying to stick to a diet, the temptation of delicious sugary snacks can be too much to resist (stock image). But a device called Taste Buddy has been designed, that tricks the tongue into tasting unappetising ‘healthy’ food as delicious treats
IS THERE A SIXTH TASTE?

It has long been thought that there are four primary tastes – salty, sweet, sour and bitter, although a fifth taste, called Umami, was added as a fifth in 2009.

But researchers suggest that there may be a sixth taste missing from the list.

They say that complex carbohydrates, such as starch, have their own taste and should be considered an independent flavour.

‘The Taste Buddy could eventually help save lives, by allowing people to switch to healthier food choices.’

He added: ‘Many children hate the taste of vegetables. So I knew that when I became an engineer, I wanted to make a device that could allow children to eat vegetables that taste like chocolate.’

In its current early form the Taste Buddy consists of a two centimetre (0.8 inch) wide tab that sits on the tongue and is wired to a bulky processor.

To enhance sweetness, the device warms up very rapidly and stimulates specific taste receptors that react to heat.

In its current early form the Taste Buddy consists of a 2 centimetre (0.8 inch) wide tab that sits on the tongue and is wired to a bulky processor. To enhance sweetness, the device warms up very rapidly and stimulates specific taste receptors that react to heat
In its current early form the Taste Buddy consists of a 2 centimetre (0.8 inch) wide tab that sits on the tongue and is wired to a bulky processor. To enhance sweetness, the device warms up very rapidly and stimulates specific taste receptors that react to heat

A weak electric current is used to target other taste buds responsible for salty flavours.

Members of the public will have a chance to try out the Taste Buddy for themselves at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair.

The event, aimed at young people interested in science, technology and engineering, takes place from March 15 to 18 at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.

A New Electric Spoon Could Make Vegetables Taste ‘Like Chocolate’

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by Chris Crowley, October 13, 2016 10:30 a.m.

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In the near future, humans will laugh about their poor ancestors who had no choice but to eat with basic, outdated cutlery that couldn’t manipulate the flavor of their food. That will be thanks to a group of scientists at the University of London, who are developing a device that makes low-sugar food taste sweeter or saltier, if for some reason you actually want your sautéed spinach to taste like birthday cake.

For at least one of the scientists, professor Adrian Cheok, this is a dream come true. He tells The Telegraph he got into engineering with just one noble goal: not to make kids like vegetables, but to allow them to still hate veggies and eat them anyway because technology can make them “taste like chocolate.”

Dubbed the Taste Buddy, the deceptive device will trick people, through a low-level electrical current that stimulates taste buds, into tasting flavors that aren’t actually present. The scientists’ hope for the device, which was revealed this week at England’s Big Bang U.K. Young Scientists & Engineers Fair, is to engineer it to fit within everyday utensils or beverage cans. Currently, the team is working on a prototype spoon, but if it all works out, there will be a whole line of microchip-like Bluetooth devices that allow users to “choose the levels of taste you’d like.”

http://www.grubstreet.com/2016/10/electric-spoon-could-make-vegetables-taste-like-chocolate.html

Speech at Design & Emotion Conference in Amsterdam

Professor Adrian David Cheok was invited to be a thought leader at the 10th Conference on Design & Emotion held in Amsterdam this year from September 27 to 30.

The International Conference on Design & Emotion is a forum held every other year where practitioners, researchers and industry leaders meet and exchange knowledge and insights concerning the cross-disciplinary field of design and emotion, such as social science, humanities, engineering, computer science, HCI, psychology, cognitive science, health sciences, marketing and business.

Design & Emotion went from being the rookie in the field to –and this sounds scary– belonging to the establishment. This 10th edition is an excellent moment to discuss the next 15 years. The Design & Emotion community has proven to be dedicated and committed, the ideal group in a relevant discussion like this. Therefore,The conference invited 8 thought leaders to host theme oriented sessions, exploring and discussing future directions, with which we aim to define a new framework for the mission statement for the next 15 years.

The theme of the first thought leader session is “Enhancing everyday life”, hosted by thought leaders Adrian Cheok and Jodi Forlizzi. They explored how design can cultivate, enrich, or even enhance the way we live our lives. During the session, Adrian gave a talk about his research on multisensory communication and mixed reality.

http://www.de2016.org/

Adrian Cheok awarded Distinguished Alumni award by University of Adelaide

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Professor Adrian David Cheok was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Awards by University of Adelaide in recognition of his achievements and contribution in the field of Computing, Engineering and Multisensory communication. The Distinguished Alumni Awards recognise the outstanding contribution and significant impact made by alumni of the University.

Professor Adrian Cheok obtained a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) with First Class Honours in 1994 and a PhD in Engineering in 1999. Professor Cheok is a pioneer in mixed reality and multisensory communication; his innovation and leadership has been recognised internationally through multiple awards.

Some of his pioneering works in mixed reality include innovative and interactive games such as ‘3dlive’, ‘Human Pacman’ and ‘Huggy Pajama’. Professor Cheok is also the inventor of the world’s first electric and thermal taste machine, which produces virtual tastes with electric current and thermal energy.

Past winners include The Honourable Julia Gillard MP, former Prime Minister of Australia,The Right Hon Chief Minister of Sarawak, YAB Pehin Sri Dr Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud AO, Professor Oliver Mayo, Mr Ong Teng Cheong, first elected President of Singapore, Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, the current President of Singapore. A full list of past winners can be found here.

https://www.adelaide.edu.au/alumni/recognised/distinguished-awards/

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Wake Up and Smell The Roses—Virtually | AsianScientist

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You can now send tastes, smells and even kisses virtually. A new age of virtual reality involving all five senses is here, with Adrian Cheok of the Imagineering Institute at its forefront.

Daniel Soo | August 1, 2016 | Editorials

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AsianScientist (Aug. 1, 2016) – Once the stuff of science fiction, virtual reality (VR) technologies are becoming ever more present in our daily lives. From documentaries that bring you to the Great Barrier Reef, to games that let you soar through the air as an eagle, this technology looks set to change the world as we know it. As director of the Imagineering Institute, Malaysia, and founder and director of the Mixed Reality Lab, Singapore, engineer and inventor Dr. Adrian Cheok believes that the future of mixed reality—the integration of the virtual and physical world—belongs to smell, taste and touch. Cheok has played a key role in the innovation of various mixed reality devices and applications, some of which have already been released commercially. His Huggy Pajamas comforts anxious children by allowing them to receive virtual hugs sent from their parents. More intriguingly, his Scentee smart phone attachment allows one to send and receive various scents on command. Asian Scientist Magazine recently chatted with Cheok, who was in Singapore to deliver the keynote speech for the Singapore Science Festival’s Visual SG event, to find out what has been keeping him busy.

In your own words, what is mixed reality?

Mixed reality is the merging of our physical reality with virtual reality, which can be done at the level of all five senses. Science has shown that we communicate with all of our five senses. In fact, non-verbal communication is more than half of human communication, and that’s why it’s still very different to have a meeting with someone with a video call than to meet them in person. Something is missing when you just communicate with video or through the internet. I believe that in the future, we will be able to communicate with every one of our senses through the internet, and move from the age of information that we are in today to the age of experience.

What are some applications of mixed reality?

Telepresence will of course be a big example of how mixed reality can be applied. If we can transmit all five senses, telepresence would allow people to really feel like they are together. They could touch each other, or even share a dinner together, even though they may be on totally different sides of the world. Mixed reality devices can also create new kinds of communication. If you can digitally taste and smell, then you can have an app on your smartphone and virtually taste and smell a dish at a famous restaurant. Another big benefit is also of collaboration. For example, you could collaborate with one or many people, like cooking a dish together through the internet. Another application that mixed reality will lead to is new kinds of learning. For example, instead of reading a book or watching a movie about ancient Rome, you could feel what it’s like to be there and even taste and smell what it’s like to live in an ancient city. This would create a totally new kind of learning because we humans learn very much experientially.

What first drew you to work on virtual reality?

I first began by looking at augmented reality systems, which allow people to see virtual 3D objects in the physical world. I noticed that the first thing people did was to try to touch the objects. That’s when I realized that we have to extend augmented reality beyond the 3D graphics that we see on our video games and movies. We need to use touch, taste and smell to really create a sense of presence in the virtual world. That’s what I call experience communication: not just sharing information, but sharing your experience.

 

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The Kissenger device attaches to your smartphone and allows you to send virtual kisses. Credit: Imagineering Institute

 

What are some of the limitations to engaging our five senses using virtual reality?

Right now, we are concentrating on making the technology that allows for the virtual communication of touch, taste and smell by digitizing these senses. It’s a very difficult problem. Fundamentally, sound and light are frequencies: they are wave-based, and can be transmitted into digital bits onto the internet. The fundamental problem with touch, taste and smell is that it’s a different kind of sense. For smell, we sense molecules, which triggers some electrical pulse to your brain. It’s still very much in the early stages of research but we have successfully been able to produce virtual taste, using electrical signals only and without any chemicals. We are now working on smell, which is an even more difficult problem. Unlike taste, where we only have five different taste receptors, most scientists estimate us having a few thousand different kinds of individual smell receptors. How do we stimulate those individual receptors? It’s going to be a very big problem, but so far we have gotten some success by using small electrodes on the inside of the nose to stimulate olfactory sense.

How do you think virtual reality technology will evolve in the next 20 years?

Technology is increasing at such an exponential rate that we can’t imagine exactly what the world will be like, but we can imagine that it’ll be incredibly different. I think that whatever that doesn’t break the laws of physics can be invented by humans. We can’t change the fact that we’re born with five different types of taste receptors, or that there’s a specific range of frequencies we can see and hear, but I believe that we can somehow alter our perceptions with technology. For example, the spectrum of light is much wider than what we can see. We can’t see infrared with our naked eyes but we can now visualize it with infrared glasses. In some way, we already live in our own virtual reality: an analog biological virtual reality, because we are just seeing the world we are naturally designed to see. We think that this is the reality but it’s not—that’s why it’ll be so much different when we have virtual reality, because we already don’t see a kind of ‘objective reality.’

Source: http://www.asianscientist.com/2016/08/features/adrian-cheok-imagineering-institute-mixed-reality-lab/

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