Goggles See Food Diet
Goggles See Food Diet, HIGH-TECH “diet glasses” unveiled in Japan trick the wearer into seeing plain snacks as chocolate biscuits.
They also make biscuits appear larger than they are, offering hope to weak-willed dieters everywhere.
Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed devices that use computer wizardry and augmented reality to fool the senses and make users feel more satisfied with smaller – or less appealing – treats.
On one device goggle-mounted cameras send images to a computer, which magnifies the apparent size of the biscuit in the image it displays to the wearer while keeping his hand the same size, making the snack appear larger than it actually is.
In experiments, volunteers consumed nearly 10 per cent less when the biscuits they were eating appeared 50 per cent bigger.
They ate 15 per cent more when biscuits were manipulated to look two-thirds of their real size.
Professor Michitaka Hirose at the university’s graduate school of information science and technology said he was interested in how computers can be used to trick the human mind.
“How to fool various senses or how to build on them using computers is very important in the study of virtual reality,” he said.
Prof Hirose said standard virtual reality equipment that attempts to cater to complex senses like touch often results in bulky equipment. (NEWS.com.au)