Terrible Bakers Rejoice: Here Come Augmented Reality Cookies

DiscoblogBy Joseph CalamiaAug 9, 2010 9:36 PM


Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news

We've asked augmented reality to help us drive, overcome our phobias, and put names to faces. Now we want cookies. Researchers at the University of Tokyo in Japan have devised a headset that can replace the appearance and smell of a plain cookie with tastier varieties including chocolate, almond, orange, maple, lemon, and cheese. The group, led by Takuji Narumi, presented its research at the SIGGRAPH conference on computer graphics at the end of last month. "Augmented gustation" is a challenge, the team says, because taste relies on so many of our other senses. We see the embedded chocolate chips. We smell the straight-out-of-the-oven scent. The "meta cookie" project attempts to use our multiple cookie senses to create a virtual cookie variety pack. Users choose their preferred cookie, and a camera on the headset overlays an image on a plain sugar cookie and sprays the correct associated scent, be it maple or cheese. The closer the cookie gets to the user's mouth, the more of the scent the headset cranks out. Though the test subject in the video above appears satisfied, TechNewsDailyreports that the trick did not fool everyone. One cookie remained "mostly neutral" tasting though the headset tried to conjure maple and chocolate flavors. Perhaps researchers will next attempt to copy the cookie's feel? Texture seems to matter: ask anyone who's entered the crunchy versus chewy fray. Related content: Discoblog: Psychology’s New Phobia-Fighting Tool: An Augmented Reality Cockroach Discoblog: Your Augmented Reality Life: Coming Soon in 2020 Discoblog: Augmented Reality Tattoos Are Visible Only to a Special Camera Discoblog: One Small Step Closer to Superhuman Cyborg Vision Discoblog: Will the Laptops of the Future Be a Pair of Eye Glasses?

1 free article left
Want More? Get unlimited access for as low as $1.99/month

Already a subscriber?

Register or Log In

1 free articleSubscribe
Discover Magazine Logo
Want more?

Keep reading for as low as $1.99!


Already a subscriber?

Register or Log In

More From Discover
Recommendations From Our Store
Shop Now
Stay Curious
Our List

Sign up for our weekly science updates.

To The Magazine

Save up to 40% off the cover price when you subscribe to Discover magazine.

Copyright © 2023 Kalmbach Media Co.