Japanese cuisine is generally quite high in sodium. For those who need to cut down on salt in their diets, a pair of electric chopsticks might just be the solution. Meiji University professor Homei Miyashita and beverage maker Kirin Holdings Company have invented computerized chopsticks that increase flavor without adding salt.

According to Miyashita, the chopsticks improve tastes through electrical stimulation and a mini-computer worn on a wristband. The device uses a weak electrical current to send sodium ions from food, through the chopsticks, to the mouth, making food 1.5 times saltier. Miyashita previously invented a lickable TV screen that can copy various food flavors.

Based on a report by World Health Organization, the average Japanese adult consumes about 10 grams of salt per day. “To prevent diseases, we need to reduce the amount of salt we take,” said Kirin researcher Ai Sato. Miyashita and Kirin are still making changes to the chopsticks before selling them.