At Interaction 2011, a research group at Ochanomizu University demonstrated EaTheremin - bizarre musical eating utensils that make various sounds when they're used.
The sound produced varies, depending on the resistance. When you bite food on the end of a fork, electricity passes through your body, forming an equivalent circuit. The resistance value depends on the food, and the sound produced depends on the resistance."
The creators explain the eaTheremin like this:
Our aim is that, because this creates a good rhythm, people will want to eat more, or try eating foods they didn't really like before. We think it would be great if children have fun with this.
That's almost within the realm of possibility. But then they add:
Several people can use this if they eat together. With the current system, I think it would be fun if a special sound could be created when two people make the same sound as one person.
Check out the video and let us know what you think of the EaTheremin - and the idea of eating your way through a duet for chicken on a fork.
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