6th International ICST Conference on Body Area Networks

Research Article

Digital Taste and Smell Communication

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.bodynets.2011.247067,
        author={Nimesha Ranasinghe and Kasun Karunanayaka and Adrian Cheok and Owen Fernando and Hideaki Nii and Ponnampalam Gopalakrishnakone},
        title={Digital Taste and Smell Communication},
        proceedings={6th International ICST Conference on Body Area Networks},
        keywords={taste smell user interfaces control systems virtual reality},
  • Nimesha Ranasinghe
    Kasun Karunanayaka
    Adrian Cheok
    Owen Fernando
    Hideaki Nii
    Ponnampalam Gopalakrishnakone
    Year: 2012
    Digital Taste and Smell Communication
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.bodynets.2011.247067
Nimesha Ranasinghe1,*, Kasun Karunanayaka1, Adrian Cheok1, Owen Fernando2, Hideaki Nii2, Ponnampalam Gopalakrishnakone3
  • 1: Keio-NUS CUTE Center, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore
  • 2: Keio-NUS CUTE Center, National University of Singapore
  • 3: Department of Anatomy, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
*Contact email: nimesha@mixedrealitylab.org


In this paper, we introduce a new technology, which allows people to share taste and smell sensations digitally with a remote person through existing networking technologies such as the Internet. By introducing this technology, we expect people to share their smell and taste experiences with their family and friends remotely. Sharing these senses are immensely beneficial since those are strongly associated with individual memories, emotions, and everyday experiences. As the initial step, we developed a control system, an actuator, which could digitally stimulate the sense of taste remotely. The system uses two approaches to stimulate taste sensations digitally: the electrical and thermal stimulations on tongue. Primary results suggested that sourness and saltiness are the main sensations that could be evoked through this device. Furthermore, this paper focuses on future aspects of such technology for remote smell actuation followed by applications and possibilities for further developments.