Singapore researchers turn water into 'virtual lemonade'


A student tastes a virtual lemonade simulator, which uses electrodes to mimic the flavour and LED lights to imitate the colour of real lemonade, at the National University of Singapore. (Reuters photo)

SINGAPORE - It looks like lemonade, tastes like lemonade, but it's simply water.

Researchers in Singapore say they have invented a "virtual lemonade", using electrodes to mimic the flavour of the beverage and LED lights to imitate its colour, that could one day allow people to digitally share drinks over the internet.

"We are primarily motivated by the fact that our current digital interactions are not supportive for sharing beverages and food, which is something very common in our everyday lives," said Nimesha Ranasinghe, who led the team that did the research.

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