Virtual Reality for Dinner: How to Eat Whatever You Want Without Feeling Guilty

By: Kassidy Coleman

Just in case you haven’t noticed, we’re a little obsessed with virtual reality. It’s cool, it’s new – can you really blame us for loving it?? We’ve seen virtual reality dominate E3 this year, take over roller coasters, change the way parents can read to their children while abroad – all within the past few months. Seriously…virtual reality is changing everything. And now it might change how we eat.

Project Nourished consists of a group of thirty people in LA experimenting with how we eat food by using a virtual reality headset, 3D printed food made out of yeast and algae, and an aromatic diffuser.

(Photo source: Project Nourished)

(Photo source: Project Nourished)

Here’s how it works: You put on the VR headset which will then take you to a new environment. The aromatic diffuser releases the smell of different foods by using ultrasonic heat. Wrap the “bone conduction transducer” around your head, this will mimic the sounds and vibrations of chewing. A gyroscopic utensil (which looks a little too much like a pair of tweezers) is how you will eat your tasty 3D printed food. Then there’s a cup, which is probably the most normal thing about this (even though it is intended to mimic intoxication).

You’re probably still thinking, “Why would you want to wear a virtual reality headset while eating dinner?” It’s okay, even though we consider ourselves virtual reality fiends, this is still kind of weird for us to think about.

Project Nourished states that this could be used for people wanting to lose weight or have allergies, alternate reality dining, help boost morale for astronauts and soldiers, the possibilities are endless. Think about it – this technology could allow people with peanut allergies to “eat” a peanut dish. And um…what about eating whatever you want with literally zero calories? And how cool would it be to eat fictional space food on the moon? Okay, we still think the idea is a little weird, but hey, they are right – this could actually help a lot of people and be a ton of fun.

What do you think about eating virtual reality food for dinner? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation on Twitter!

Still want more virtual reality? Check these out:

https://newswatchblog.com/2016/05/04/hulu-partners-with-live-nation-to-bring-music-fans-virtual-reality-concerts/

https://newswatchblog.com/2016/06/20/create-share-vr-experiences/

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