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Sit Tight; the Line Between Reality and the Metaverse is Getting Thinner

by AIJ Varit
Dubai | Artificial Intelligence Journalism

By Abass Alzanjne

Washington D.C.(AIJRF)—Following the ongoing health, economic, global political tension, and the increase in security complications that humanity has gone through, the race has become fierce, to find ways or means that make humans do their work, study and easier to enjoy tourism.

Considering these variants, humanity become in dire need of ideas that facilitate the rotation of the wheel of life, without even having to leave home. One of these solutions was the shift to the virtual world in all fields to ensure life sustainability.

Following this experiment’s success, thinking about the next stage becomes scientists, researchers and large corporations’ main objective.

This is where the analysis of virtual reality development began, by mixing reality with virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR), though; the metaverse.  

Abruptly, talking about the metaverse was one solution that people may possibly use to overcome the consequences of his heinous deeds against the earth.

Therefore, in order to enhance this technology, making it mimic reality in all its meanings, a person needs to feel or touch what he sees in this imaginary world.

Student of Meiji University Yuki Hou licks a screen of Taste the TV (TTTV), a prototype lickable TV screen that can imitate the flavors of various foods, during its demonstration at the university in Tokyo, Japan, Dec. 22, 2021.” (Reuters Photo)

Metaverse is no more a pipe dream…

From this point, one of the most important technological achievements made by mankind, after the outbreak of the COVID-19, is the invention of the ‘tele-taste’ TV(TTTV).

Homei Miyashita, a Meiji University Japanese professor, has invented a television through which a person can taste food.

This ‘tele-taste’ TV employs a carousel of ten flavor canisters that spray together to generate a certain food’s flavoring. Next, the flavor sample rolls on clean film over a flat TV screen for the user to taste.

According to Miyashita, the aim of this experience is to give people the opportunity to taste the food at any restaurant in the world from their home, which will enhance the idea of merging the real and imaginary world together.

The professor worked with a group of students to produce different devices, with a different range of flavors, such as the fork that increases the tasting experience. Miyashita created this TTTV prototype, over the course of a year, and that a commercial version would cost around 100,000 yen ($875) to produce.[1]

Miyashita professor at Meiji University fills flavor canisters as he demonstrates Taste the TV (TTTV), a prototype lickable TV screen that can imitate the flavors of various foods, at the university in Tokyo, Japan, Dec. 22, 2021. (Reuters Photo)

In addition to the field of tourism or traveling in general, this invention will be of great importance in the field of distance learning, where Miyashita sees potential applications for distance learning for wine stewards and chefs, as well as tasting games and quizzes.

Professor Miyashita began to communicate with the companies specialized in this field, drawing from his spray technology for products that can release different famous food flavors on plain food.

Moreover, Miyashita’s invention may turn into a project or a gateway to other ideas that make the line between reality and fantasy somewhat vanish.

Where it is possible to produce a spray technology for products that releases wind or even smell, which makes it easier for the user to interact with the metaverse world.

This initial invention, for now, with only ten flavors, soon, will include any food flavors, and human beings will be able to taste or smell from any electronic device.

There will be countless inventions that will support the idea of connecting and blending worlds; real, virtual, and augmentative reality. A day where it will be tough for an individual to distinguish between reality and fiction. For instance, attending schools in-person, but virtually, by using metaverse and add-on products.

After almost being out of woods, the struggle still on with new variant diseases, these kinds of innovation, such as TTTV and metaverse, will be the humanity forte against any future conflict.

[1] Tasty TV: Japanese professor creates flavourful screen, Murayama & Swift, 2021.

Murayama, R., & Swift, R. (2021, December 23). Tasty TV: Japanese professor creates flavourful screen. Reuters. Retrieved December 30, 2021, from https://www.reuters.com/technology/lick-it-up-japan-professor-creates-tele-taste-tv-screen-2021-12-23/

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