What they developed is the e-delicious, a robot box with an "electronic tongue" and 10 sensors that figure out how close to certain flavor ideals any given dish is, using conductivity and chemical composition. Anything that rates lower than an 80 out of 100 is subpar, according to the machine's standards, which are based on what a panel of tasters agreed is the best-tasting version of any specific dish.
The developers hope to be able to sell them, eventually, for $18,000 a pop, ostensibly to insecure restaurant owners.
Adam Lapetina is a food/drink staff writer for Thrillist, and nothing can dissuade him from eating tom yum from a Brooklyn deli. Read his musings on Twitter at @adamlapetina.