Aug
16
2009

Lollipop allows blind to taste light

Tasting light
Tasting lightCourtesy ARTiFactor

Tasting the Light

Just as blind people read words by touching braille bumps, some are now able to "see" objects via a special lollipop that stimulates their taste buds. Images from a video camera control which of the 625 low voltage shocker buttons fire on a one inch square lollipop.

This device, which I wrote about more than 3 years ago (Tongue ESP), is now being submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approval.

Robert Beckman, president and chief executive officer of (Wicab) notes that the device (called Brainport) could be approved for market by the end of 2009 at a cost of about $10,000 per machine.

Learn more about Wicab's Brainport

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

how can you taste light???? does it send like a strawberry taste when its light out and blueberry if its dark????

posted on Sun, 08/16/2009 - 3:33pm
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

No, the small electric shocks taste like poprocks or like the tingle of carbonated water (pop).

posted on Mon, 08/17/2009 - 11:08am

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