MEET the Robot That Can Taste Salt


Needs more salt? Let the bot decide.

We as humans have been able to successfully build robots that have the capability to hear and see far beyond our own abilities. But for food scientists and robot builders, the ability to give robots taste has been a challenge.

University of Cambridge researchers have been able to achieve this goal, but there’s a catch. The robot doesn’t taste with a normal tongue and instead tastes with a tongue-like sensor fitted to its arm. While there are already robots out there that can ‘taste’ food, this is the first robot of its kind to be able to distinguish whether or not a dish is too salty. Yes, the salinity of a dish is only one aspect of cooking, but this is an important step for the future of food tech.