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Thread: Smell-o-vision is BACK... and I'm sorry

  1. #1
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    Sep 2004
    South Carolina

    Unhappy Smell-o-vision is BACK... and I'm sorry

    This is not going to turn out well.

    'Digital smell' technology could let us transmit odors in online chats
    “It’s not just about the smell. It is part of a whole, integrated virtual reality or augmented reality.”
    Nov. 27, 2018 / 4:42 AM EST, By Wynne Parry

    Having a video chat with a friend or colleague is all about seeing and hearing — at least for now. But experiments conducted recently in Malaysia suggest it may be possible to develop “electric smell” technology capable of conveying odors as well as sights and sounds. The research is preliminary and not without its critics. But if electric smell pans out, long-distance conversations could one day be far more immersive — enabling you to share with a loved one the aroma of a meal you just prepared, for example, or letting you catch a whiff of the sea from your sister’s beach vacation.
    There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.
    — Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi (1883)

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    Mar 2007
    Falls Church, VA (near Washington, DC)
    Suppose it malfunctions and smells like a skunk. What then?

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