You know how watching the Food Network sometimes makes you want to lick your TV? No? Anyway. In the future we may be able to experience taste transmitted through television, ads, and our smartphones.
The technology, which is still in development, would have a range of uses beyond cooking shows. It could be used to enhance video games or improve the quality of life for people with cancer or diabetes.
The team is also working on a "digital lollipop" that will simulate a sugar rush without the sugar. The researchers have also developed a data format to communicate different tastes. They're calling it TOIP — taste over internet protocol.