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The Device That Promises to Kill Cravings Without the Calories

A new device — the so-called “digital lollipop” — promises to change how we taste and enjoy food. Is it legit?
The Device That Promises to Kill Cravings Without the Calories
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Are you ready to enjoy the sweet, salty, and savory taste of . . . technology? Researchers at the National University of Singapore have created a new device, dubbed the “digital lollipop,” that might change the way we satisfy cravings. The high-tech apparatus uses electrical currents to simulate salty, sour, sweet, or bitter tastes, which can be combined to reproduce actual flavors. Researchers are already improving the technology to emulate a sugar rush, in addition to the sensations of texture and smell. The lollipop (which is still in the prototype phase) may be a way for us to satisfy cravings without compromising our diets in the future.

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