This Tastes Like Burning: Electric Fork Tricks Your Tongue Into Thinking You're Tasting Salt

March 29, 2016


This is the electric fork developed by researchers at Rekimoto Lab at the University of Tokyo in Japan. The fork was designed to electrically stimulate your tongue into thinking you're tasting salt, so you don't actually have to add all that blood pressure-raising sodium to experience the taste. Obviously, I'm just going to suck on the fork all the time. I might even sleep with it in my mouth. Or rectum.

the battery-powered fork features a conductive handle that completes a circuit when the tines make contact with a diner's tongue, electrically stimulating their taste buds.

The prototype fork, which was built from just $18 worth of electronics, creates the sensation of both salty and sour, and has adjustable levels of stimulation, given that everyone has unique taste buds. When pushed too far, though, the fork can produce an unpleasant metallic taste in the mouth.

I don't actually have any more functional taste buds anymore because I've eaten far too many molten Totino's Pizza Rolls, but this sounds like a good idea. My family has a history of high blood pressure, so a lot of them really have to watch their sodium intake. Except me. I have ultra low blood pressure. Another reason why I suspect they just found me floating down the river like baby Moses.

Thanks to rahul and Alexandra, who agree they need to develop an electric fork that stimulates your tongue with the taste of an entire box of Snickers Ice Cream bars.

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