Fake Salt Chopsticks

Researchers from Meiji University in Japan have invented electric chopsticks that trick your mouth into tasting salt without it being present in the food you are eating! The chopsticks send the electrical waveform that activates ions in salty and umami components into the user's mouth to change their taste perception of the food. The hope is using these chopsticks can reduce national salt intake by 20%.

Quantum Charging

Researchers at the Center for Theoretical Physics of Complex Systems within the Institute for Basic Science in South Korea have published research on how to leverage quantum entanglement to speed up the charging time of battery cells, such as those in electric vehicle batteries. Using global operation quantum charging, all cells are charged at the same time, which could slash the charging time of an EV battery to seconds.

Acoustic Fabric

Engineers at MIT and The Rhode Island School of Design have developed a piezoelectric fabric that can capture sounds by detecting vibrations and convert them into electric signals like a microphone. It is envisaged that the acoustic fabric could be used to monitor heart rates and respiratory sounds of the wearer. The fabric can also reverse the process and play sound that can be picked up by other fabric.


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