Scientists from University of Tokyo, Japan, have developed “diet glasses” to make the users to eat less than their desires.
These glasses, with the help of computer techniques and augmented reality, can fool the senses such as they can make the users to think that a plain snack in their hand is a chocolate cookie or show biscuits in larger size than their original size by sending images to the computer that make the image to appear larger than normal.
[hana-code-insert name=’StumbleUpon’ /][hana-code-insert name=’Reddit’ /]Through trials, it has been found that the volunteers eat 10% less when the biscuits they were eating looked 50% bigger and they ate 15% more cookies when the biscuits looked two-third of their original size.
“How to fool various senses or how to build on them using computers is very important in the study of virtual reality,” Professor Michitaka Hirose at the university’s graduate school of information science and technology told AFP.
In another experiment, Hirose’s team developed a “meta cookie” by using scent bottles in the headgear and visual trickery to make the user to think that the snack which he/she is going to eat is a plain biscuit. Users were able to set the device to show their favorite taste. In this experiment, 80% of subjects were fooled.
At this time, the researchers are not thinking to commercialize their invention.
Via: DAWN Source: AFP