Odor Menu Lets Visually Impaired Choose Their Dish; Lets Out Aroma of the Food Items Too

August 2, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

What would you do when you accompany your visually impaired friend to a restaurant and he wants to order food of his choice? Haven’t you felt helpless explaining what the menu looks like?

Though there are hotels who have menu in braille so as to be of assistance to the visually impaired, there are also many who don’t.

And, most of the time the waiter or the accompanying customer may not be in a position to read out and explain the menu to the person who is blind.

It is here that some innovative thinking by designers Liu Jie, Wen Ho and Liu Dongming resulted in a new product. The designers have given shape to what they call a braille menu concept.

Also called the Odor Menu, the concept sports an electric active plastic (EAP) display that alters itself when different dishes are on offer at the restaurant.

In case you wonder why it is called the Odor Menu, the design of the menu is such a way that it lets out the smell of the dishes that the customer wants to pick.

The device is just in concept stage, and we are yet to know how a whole lot of aroma will be incorporated into the Odor Menu and whether it is practically possible.

But then, if the concept goes into production mode, it is sure to be a boon for the visually impaired. What do you have to say?

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