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Would you like electronic taste?

Eating with this spoon is claimed to deliver better taste to food. Is it going to be on your next shopping list? Image credit: SpoonTek

As usual reports from the Consumer Electronic Show, CES 2023, highlight some, shall I say?, funny inventions, like this one: a spoon that promises to enhance the taste of food.

By using electrical stimulation of our tongue taste buds, according to its inventors the SpoonTek start up, it will enhance the taste. Also, and this is another strong selling proposition, it should  be  able to restore the taste in those persons that because of ailments (like the first version of Covid-19) or medication have lost part of their taste sensitivity.

Notice that this spoon is not recreating savour, it just stimulates tongue buds as you eat, the savouring remains the business of your taste bud and your brain!  However, SpoonTek claims that in some case of partial loss of taste leading to a distorted sensation of food taste (it happens with the assumption of a number of medications) the stimulation of the taste buds can significantly improve the taste of food.

Not sure if it is really working, but since it sells for just 29$ it may be worth a lick…

About Roberto Saracco

Roberto Saracco fell in love with technology and its implications long time ago. His background is in math and computer science. Until April 2017 he led the EIT Digital Italian Node and then was head of the Industrial Doctoral School of EIT Digital up to September 2018. Previously, up to December 2011 he was the Director of the Telecom Italia Future Centre in Venice, looking at the interplay of technology evolution, economics and society. At the turn of the century he led a World Bank-Infodev project to stimulate entrepreneurship in Latin America. He is a senior member of IEEE where he leads the New Initiative Committee and co-chairs the Digital Reality Initiative. He is a member of the IEEE in 2050 Ad Hoc Committee. He teaches a Master course on Technology Forecasting and Market impact at the University of Trento. He has published over 100 papers in journals and magazines and 14 books.