vice: Plus, they can send you a glass of lemonade virtually over the internet. by Alex Swerdloff
'In an experiment that involved 13 tasters, the subjects' taste buds were stimulated using electricity from receiving electrodes; LED lights mimicked a lemony color. Some were convinced that the water they were drinking was, in fact, almost as sour as lemonade.
'Think of it as a kind of an electric Kool-Aid acid test for the digital age—but the subjects didn't have to jump on a school bus named "Further" or indulge in LSD.
'According to researcher Nimesha Ranasinghe, the experiment proved that taste can be shared online: "People are always posting pictures of drinks on social media—what if you could upload the taste as well? That's the ultimate goal."'