Are there ways we can upgrade our sense of taste, which tends to weaken as we age? While there isn’t a lot to be done to recover a lost sense of taste, Sheri Rose, CEO and executive director at The Thrive Center, shared details about one piece of technology that can help a person know when food has expired and more.
Samsung makes a smart refrigerator that has a myriad of functions, one of which is to record the date when items are placed in the fridge and the date by which that item should be tossed. This feature assists those who, for example, may not be able to smell or taste when their milk has gone bad. The fridge sends an alert when the time is up for each item.
This innovative appliance can benefit those who are sight-impaired as well. It can search for recipes, make a shopping list, and read the recipe to the individual cooking the meal. Another option is the ability to leave a voice memo. While I was there, Sheri recorded the following: “Mom, remember you have a doctor’s appointment at 4 today,” and the refrigerator played it back. Every feature can be controlled with the touchpad on the front of the device.
BY MEGAN S. WILLMAN