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By Luke Kenton

This incredible new invention allows users to change the flavor of their drink using their SMARTPHONE.

Dubbed the “world’s first virtual cocktail,” no longer will partygoers need to wait at the bar for a change of drink, thanks to this nifty hack, which fools your senses of smell, sight and taste with digital tech, tricking the mind into believing it’s tasting a specific flavor, according to developers.

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Created by Dr. Nimesha Ranasinghe, of the National University of Singapore, users can customize three different sensory modules to tweak the taste of their drink – the colour of the beverage, electric taste and the emitted scent, which all simulate the experience of their desired drink.

Offering a fully customizable range of drinks and tastes, the ‘Vocktail’ can change a drink from a Mojito to a mango Margarita in just the click of a button.

Hoping to take the ‘Vocktail’ out of the lab and into the pubs, Nimesha said: “In the Vocktail we want to introduce taste and flavor as a digitally controllable interactive media.

“In the future, imagine if you could taste food and drinks through the internet or virtual reality.

“Our approach is to augment beverage flavor experience by overlaying external sensory stimuli.

Pic from National University of Singapore / Caters

“For example, in the Vocktail we overlay colour, taste and smell sensations to create an adjustable flavor experience.

“Flavour is mainly how we perceive food and that’s achieved through the use of these senses.

“Therefore, by changing the colour of the drink, using a different smells and changing the taste through electricity, we are able to simulate the flavor of a drink, without it actually changing the liquid.

“We are currently working on not only increasing the number of smells, but also a silent release mechanism.

Pic from National University of Singapore / Caters

“The reason behind having an app is to empower the users to augment the existing flavours, enabling them to experiment and create flavours of their own.

“However, we know that simulating our sense externally is not as convincing as the real taste of the drink, so we’re constantly conducting experiments to create an even more immersive experience.

“We want to bring it to pubs and bars, but we need industry partners to bring it out of the lab and into reality.”