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Practical "Smell-o-Vision" System Being Developed 210

cylonlover writes "Researchers have managed to create a proof of concept Smell-o-Vision device potentially capable of pumping out thousands of different odors, yet small enough to fit behind a TV. The device has 200 X-axis controllers and 100 on the Y-axis that could selectively activate each of the 10,000 possible odors stored within numerous non-flammable silicone elastomer compartments."
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Practical "Smell-o-Vision" System Being Developed

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  • I smell (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Dunbal (464142) * on Wednesday June 22, 2011 @12:38PM (#36530456)

    $5000/gallon refill bottles, inkjet cartridge style. While a neat idea - how do they propose to co-ordinate the speed of diffusion of the smells through the room - with fans or something? Or will it become mandatory to sit exactly X distance from your TV in order for the system to work? The device should go in the remote control you keep next to your chair/couch/bed, not behind the television on the other side of the room.

    Also this has the potential to backfire tremendously. While we humans are not anywhere near as dependent on our sense of smell as other creatures, smell has played a fundamental part in evolution and is wired into a very primitive part of our brains. The reaction to smell is subjective, and smells deemed unpleasant or linked to unpleasant memories will quickly lead to people ripping these devices out and throwing them away. If you think you have trouble with epileptics and certain cartoons, wait till you have people throwing up or flying into rage fits because of smells.

  • Primary Problem (Score:5, Insightful)

    by meerling (1487879) on Wednesday June 22, 2011 @12:40PM (#36530494)
    If it doesn't have a method of removing the smells, it will fail like all the others.
    (You do know these things have been failing since something like the 1950s, right?)

    I read the article, and it sounds like they don't have a solution for this. Heck, they even talk about using coffee beans between testing smells to act as a nasal palette cleanser. I'd guess from that little tidbit that not only have they not solved the problem, but have definitely encountered it in use and have no clue what to do.
  • by Nerzhul (1969786) on Wednesday June 22, 2011 @01:31PM (#36531446)

    Of course not EVERY smell, but this could become a nice stylistic device to increase immersion.

    Just imagine a scene in a forest or at the ocean where you can actually smell the wet earth or the salt. Done right, this would be much more exciting than that 3D thing...

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