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Title: Digitally Stimulating the Sensation of Taste Through Electrical and Thermal Stimulation
Keywords: Taste, Digital Taste, Electronic Taste, Gustation, User interfaces, Virtual reality
Issue Date: 23-Aug-2012
Citation: RANASINGHE ARACHCHILAGE NIMESHA RANASINGHE (2012-08-23). Digitally Stimulating the Sensation of Taste Through Electrical and Thermal Stimulation. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Gustation (the sense of taste) is one of the fundamental and essential senses, which is given a little attention as a form of digital media. The sense of taste is almost unheard of on Internet communication, mainly due to the absence of digital controllability over the sense of taste. We describe a new solution, Digital Taste Interface, which simulates the sensation of taste through thermal and electrical stimulation on the human tongue. It has two main modules: the control system and the wearable tongue interface. The control system formulates different properties of stimuli (magnitude of current, frequency, and temperature change). Then the tongue interface applies the stimuli on user's tongue to simulate different taste sensations. There were several sensations reported from the experiments such as sour, salty, bitter, sweet, minty, and spicy. Furthermore, to digitally transmit taste sensations, a new extensible markup language (XML) format called TasteXML (TXML) is presented.
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