CLIENTNO SALT RESTAURANT
We were responsible for the technical production/direction and product design of Electro Fork, a fork which can control the flavor of food through an electronic sense of taste generated by electrically stimulating the tongue.
The Electro Fork was used in the No Salt Restaurant, a restaurant which provides salt-free cuisine to its customers. The device allows people who are avoiding salt in their diet (e.g. due to high blood pressure) to adjust the flavor of the food to their own individual tastes and maintain a healthy diet.
The Electro Fork is a fork that makes it possible to control the flavor of food by electrically stimulating the tongue to produce electrically generated taste sensations such as saltiness, sourness and bitterness. Using the Electro Fork, the principle of which was researched and developed by Hiromi Nakamura, people who are avoiding salt in their diets (e.g. those with high blood pressure) can adjust the flavor of their food to their own individual tastes, allowing them to maintain a healthy diet.
The Electro Fork not only allows people to maintain a healthy diet, but is also a device for controlling flavor according to individual tastes, symbolizing a fundamental shift in our concept of food.
The handle and prongs of the Electro Fork act as electrodes. When a user takes hold of the fork, uses it to pick up a piece of food and place it into the mouth, and presses a button to release an electric current, the electric current is conducted to the tongue via the food, electrically stimulating the tongue to generate a sensation of taste.
Japan Media Arts Festival
The 20th Japan Media Arts Festival Entertainment category Excellence Award
Direct / Finalist
2016 SPIKES ASIA
Innovation / Shortlist