Munch-o-matic: Scientists Develop The Artificial Mouth

Monday, May 5, 2008 - 21:14 in Mathematics & Economics

For years scientists have tried to build an electronic tongue, a robotic tasting device that could have profound applications in improving food quality and safety. But before machines learn to taste their food, they first need to learn how to chew it. Scientists report the design of an artificial mouth that mimics the first vital steps of human digestion -- chewing, saliva release and the initial breakdown of food.

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