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Published on Dec 18, 2012
 

New computing devices will allow touch, smell: IBM

 
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Future computing devices will push further into the senses by developing capacities to mimic the ability to see, smell, touch, taste and hear, IBM says in an annual forecast on Monday.

The seventh annual "IBM 5 in 5," a list of innovations that have the potential to have an impact in the next five years, said computers and other devices will gain more capabilities to simulate the human senses.

IBM said computers may be able to use algorithms to determine the precise chemical structure of food and why people like certain tastes.

"Not only will it make healthy foods more palatable - it will also surprise us with unusual pairings of foods actually designed to maximise our experience of taste and flavour," the computing giant said.