A Taste of Technology

Think about the last time you bit into an apple, ate a bowl of ice cream, or drank a glass of orange juice. For the most part, you know what these taste like from past experiences.


However, for food or drinks that have more variety, such as wine, how could you ever know what a wine tastes like without trying it unless someone gave their opinion?


Researchers in Denmark believe they have the answer. These scientists are revolutionizing the wine-tasting experience through an experiment they have conducted. Arhaus University’s researchers have developed an artificial tongue to determine if there is a distinct difference between cheaper wines and more expensive ones.


The artificial tongue uses nanosensors to eliminate human bias – relying on astringency and using knowledge of the relationship between wine molecules and proteins in the mouth. While they did not invent the science that powers the nanosensor, they did improve and develop the technology to the point where the sensor can detect pertinent information to make smart recommendations.


Consumers will benefit immensely from these smart recommendations, as data indicates over 31.4 billion 750mL bottles of wine are bought and sold annually, according to sources.  Wine tasting is just one of the many ways consumers will benefit from the use of nanosensors and the artificial tongue.


Trials are being conducted using the science behind this technology to develop targeted medicines for consumers.  Targeted medicines would remove the possible trial and error for people being administered certain medications for the first time.
Nanosensor technology will revolutionize the consumer experience. I’d like to think wine tasting and medicine is only the beginning of this recent development.