Augmented Reality Cookies? Of Course

08.10.10 8 years ago

That’s your boyfriend.

Much of the flavor we perceive in food comes from the smell and appearance of the food. (Mister Wizard taught me that.)  Using this knowledge for cookie-related chicanery, Tajuki Narumi and his team at the University of Tokyo built a helmet that will totally get you laid.  It has a camera that locates the position of a plain sugar cookie by reading an AR marker burned onto the “meta cookie”.  The test subject chooses which of eight flavors to simulate: chocolate, almond, sadness, orange, maple, “what am I doing with my life?”, tea, strawberry, lemon, burnt sugar cookie, and cheese.  (Cheese?  Mmm, cheesy sugar cookies.) The headset overlays a picture of the chosen flavor onto the AR marker and pumps out the chosen scent.

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, TechNewsDaily reports that the trick did not fool everyone. One cookie remained “mostly neutral” tasting though the headset tried to conjure maple and chocolate flavors. [Discoblog]

The video below is going to figure into my nightmares at some point; I just don’t know how yet.  There’s so much I could say about this, but I’ll defer to these wise words from Spoondude on YouTube: “If I somehow get cancer and no one can cure it in 60 years and I’m stuck with a fake cookie . . . I’m kicking someone’s face.”

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