How Virtual Reality Can Help With Dieting

At Tokyo University’s Cyber Interface Lab, researchers are exploring the ways virtual reality can influence the way we see, taste and experience different foods. Using a head-mounted camera and virtual reality display, scientist Takuji Narumi has found a way to give a single cookie five distinct flavors, just by manipulating the way it looks and smells. He’s also experimented with portion control, using the headset to change the size of the cookie, which then alters the eater’s appetite. Watch as host Simon Klose taste-tests the virtually augmented foods on the first episode of Munchies’ new series Food Hacking.