Happy New Year everyone!
Since it's New Year's Eve, you'll most likely be ringing in 2018 with some type of celebration. You may have traveled to a warm-weather destination, looking for a relaxing way to say goodbye to 2017. Or you may have decided to keep it simple and have a few close friends and family over.
No matter what your New Year's Eve plans are, they probably include a celebration cocktail or two. If you're not much of a drinker, there's an app that will let you enjoy a virtual cocktail.
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The "Vocktail" is a virtual glass that allows you to change the flavor, smell, taste, and looks of your drink. Experts claim that this technologically advanced glass can trick your senses into believing that a simple glass of water is actually a delicious, calorie-free, Mojito.
Researchers at the University of Singapore have developed an app and cocktail glass that can actually trick your senses into thinking that you are drinking a cocktail when it is really just water.
Lead developer Dr. Nimesha Ranasinghe said, "Flavour [sic] is mainly how we perceive food and that's achieved through the use of these senses... Our approach is to augment beverage flavour [sic] experience by overlaying external sensory stimuli."
By changing the color of the drink, adding a smell sensation, and sending electrical impulses to the rim of the glass to simulate taste buds, the 3-D-printed glass will actually trick your brain into applying specific flavors to a liquid.
Researchers say that an electrical jolt of 180 microamps will mimic a sour taste, 80 microamps give a bitter taste, while 40 amps will simulate a salty taste.
Although admittedly not as convincing as a real drink, this technology is nonetheless fascinating, and new strides toward improving the simulated cocktail flavors are being made every day. Have a few of these and maybe you could even get a placebo tipsy effect to loosen you up for the New Year's Ball Drop.
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