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Can’t Eat Too Much Salt? This Fork Will Zap Your Tongue With Electricity To Simulate It


Ever stick your tongue on a battery to see if it’s still got juice? Yeah, we all do. So you probably know that the tiny electric current it generates sort of tastes salty. Well, the Electric Flavouring Fork pictured above uses that principle to simulate the effects of salt, for those who are on low sodium diets. It’s being developed by Hiromi Nakamura at Rekimoto Lab, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, at the University of Tokyo.

The handle of the fork incorporates a rechargeable battery and electric circuit. When the user inserts the head of the fork into the mouth with food while pressing a button on the handle, a certain level of electric current is applied to the tongue. The degree of saltiness differs depending on eating habits, age, etc. This time, three current levels were available. The prototype costed ¥2,000 (approx US$17.7) in addition to the cost of a fork.

So clearly this is not a product you can buy just yet, but it’s interesting to see it’s something being worked on. You’ll have to forgive us for not getting too excited though; we won’t rest until someone invents a fork that makes broccoli taste like fries.


[ Nikkeibp ] VIA [ NewLaunches ]

3D Printed Pizza? Foodini Says “Yes!”


It’s pretty cool that you can 3D print elaborate high fashion accessories, or dinosaur fossils these days, but things really start to get interesting once you realize that the technology may also allow you to print food one day. The creators of Foodini hope that you’ll be interested in using their machine to print a variety of comestibles, not the least of which is some dubiously appetizing pizza. Currently only a prototype, the machine is nevertheless able to extrude a proper pizza dough, which is then topped with cheese and sauce. Sure, it looks kind of wonky, but remember this is still not ready for prime time.

The company that makes this device is called Natural Machines and cofounder Lynetta Kucsma explains that its ability is not limited to pizza. While initially developed to make sweets, it can also make a variety of things from burgers to pasta. But, being only a printer, it doesn’t cook any of these things; it merely prepares them for cooking. Still, it should be able to save you a couple of steps in the kitchen and if you often find yourself making a lot of the same things, like santa-shaped cookies for Christmas.

The plan is to release Foodini around the middle of next year for around $1,200.


[ Daily Dot Article ] VIA [ walYou ]