Wednesday, 12 April 2017 00:00

Have a Swig of Virtual Lemonade

Depending on how it's eventually developed, this could be the gift that keeps on delivering the taste that refreshes -- and allows people to consume food and drink that they otherwise might not for health reasons.

Researchers from the National University of Singapore have come up with a way to reproduce certain flavors which can, having been delivered to your taste buds via electrodes, fool your taste buds into believing you're having a drink of lemonade instead of plain old water.

Think of it as teleported guilty pleasures.

New Atlas reports that the method of sending flavors works like this: By placing a pH sensor into a container of lemonade, researchers can take readings on the beverage's acidity, or sourness, while an RGB sensor scans the substance's color.

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A new music player doesn't read your mind so much as it picks up on certain brain-wave activity to play the music you want, when you want, how loudly you want.

Research engineers from the University of Malta designed the system, which reads brain wave activity through electrodes placed on a person's head, to allow users to make musical choices merely by glancing at specific shapes on a computer screen. The boxes flicker at different frequencies, which lets the system determine which control the user is trying to access: moving to the next track, playing a song or adjusting the selection's volume.

The researchers intended their work to benefit disabled people with extremely limited motor skills, such as those with motor neuron disease or cerebral palsy. By picking up a user's brain signals -- essentially recording them by using electroencephalography (EEG) tech -- the music player can function without any need for the user to make a physical move, other than with one's eyes.

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