French invent artificial mouth

artificial mouth

French researchers have invented a new artificial mouth that mimics the the first steps of digestion – chewing, saliva release, and food breakdown.

The goal is to create a mouth that could become part of a robotic taste tester designed to increase our understanding of flavor and improve food quality.

They tested the mouth by setting it at different speeds and feeding it pieces of apple, they then compared the pieces to ones chewed by a real person. Doesn’t sound like much fun to me.

I wonder what conclusions the mouth will reach? “English food is too bland” and “the French use too much Garlic” perhaps.

(via newscientist)

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