Vocktail, short for virtual cocktail, is a high tech glass that performs the miracle of turning water into wine. The high tech glass has three layers of sensory stimulation to trick your senses into thinking that the plain old water you’re sipping is the most stimulating drink you’ve had the pleasure of tasting.
The vocktail allows you to turn your water into wine or any other drink imaginable. It does so via multisensory stimulation. The high tech glass developed by Nimesha Ranasinghe, a research fellow at the National University of Singapore, tricks your eyes, nose and taste buds into thinking that you’re consuming something completely different.
The glass comes with LED lights that can change the color of the drink. Silver electrodes on the rim of the glass stimulate the taste buds on the tongue so the plain water tastes sweet, salty, bitter or sour. The glass also has three micro air pumps equipped with flavor cartridges, which activate as the person sips from the glass fooling the nose into detecting a far greater variety of flavors.
Ranasinghe had made a digital lemonade prior to this using electrodes and colors but adding the smell factor has given rise to a whole new range of flavors. He also aims to add a virtual reality component to his device so people can enjoy these cocktails in different settings.
“Imagine next time you order a cocktail you can customize its flavor using a mobile app, or try out entirely new flavors — for example, you order a mojito, but you want to try it with a hint of chocolate or strawberry,” Ranasinghe told Digital Trends. “Even though we call it a Virtual Cocktail, it is not only a virtual cocktail, it is mainly about augmenting the cocktail drinking experiences. So far, from our demonstrations, people love it mainly due to the presence of smell sensations. Also, it seems that having the smell sensation combine the different sensory channels — smell, taste, color, and other factors — to create a seamless flavor experience. Adding smells help the consumers to explore flavors, and experimentally create new cocktails.”
The vocktail comes with a smartphone app that allows you to change the color of your drink as well as control the silver electrodes. This app lets you decide how your tongue perceives the drinks. You can change the microamps depending on the taste you want.
You can watch the demonstration in the video below: