A Japanese student and his teacher presented a prototype of a cup holder that can enhance the taste of drinks.
Traveling to European countries, a student at the University of Tokyo Masaharu Hirose noticed that the taste of drinks is influenced by the dishes in which it is poured: the heavier it is, the more pleasant it is for the receptors. As a result, the scientist developed a dynamic weight cup holder. A special weighting agent regulates the taste of the drink.
Together with his university teacher, a Japanese student created a cup holder with a special electric motor and weight. As it moves, it changes the center of gravity of the cup holder. As a result, the whole structure is read by the brain as heavier or lighter.
Experiments with volunteers, which scientists have produced using the prototype, have shown that people are more likely to drink drinks from heavy dishes.
The new development will be presented at the virtual conference Siggraph 2021, which will be held in mid-August.