Although I’ve heard of “electronic languages” recently, most have turned out to be flavor assessment sensors that (disappointingly) didn’t look like real languages. However, this is not the case with biomimetic language, which could have some interesting applications.
Researchers at the University of Leeds and Edinburgh in the UK have printed 3D what they call “the first surface of biomimetic language ever made”.
The synthetic surface mimics a variety of human language qualities, from exact topology and elasticity to “wettability”, according to a statement.
These qualities determine how saliva interacts with the tongue, thus determining food experience, ability to swallow, speech and other factors. By developing an artificial surface, researchers hope to obtain information about how language affects the way we eat and speak.
To create the biomimetic language, the team took silicone samples from the languages of 15 adults. They then scanned these negatives to map the small details and printed the 3D language using specialized digital light processing technology.
Leeds co-author and researcher Michael Bryant said in a statement that the creation of such a language surface “with similar structure and mechanical properties will help streamline research and development for oral care, food and therapeutic technologies”.
Unfortunately, with the help of artificial language you can not taste anything
Although one might think that all taste buds are what we know as “taste buds”, only some of them actually contain taste receptors. All this, however, helps to ensure the friction and dispersal of saliva needed to handle food in the mouth and, ultimately, to swallow those foods.
“Recreating the surface of an average human language comes with unique architectural challenges,” said Efren Andablo-Reyes, a professor at Leeds and lead author of study published this week in magazine ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. “Hundreds of small bud-like structures called papillae give the tongue its characteristic rough texture, which in combination with the soft nature of the tissue creates a complicated landscape from a mechanical perspective.”