March 30, 2017

"With the use of electrodes and sensors—and zero lemons—a group of researchers at the University of Singapore have announced that they can convince you that you're drinking lemonade, even if it's just water."

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."'

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