While many of us are still amazed that we can shop, watch movies and even meet potential dates just by using our smartphones, there is a chance that the next big thing which will supposedly appear next year is scent transmission.
Yes, you read that right! According to the innovation charity, Nesta, one of its top ten predictions for 2015 includes scent transmission through your smartphone.
Nesta said that using an attachment called Scentee, which utilises aroma cartridges which are available in a variety of flavours, this would be possible. The Scentee would be attached to the smartphone’s headphone jack. Through this, “The signal is transmitted digitally to the device’s ultrasonic transducer, which then releases the scent as a puff of vapour”.
The prediction that Nesta has made is that this technology will really kick off and become a sought after trend within the next 12 months and according to the company, a world class restaurant, Mugaritz, has already worked with Scentee for its smartphone app so what users can virtually smell the scents of some of the restaurant’s greatest dishes!
This isn’t the first time that aromas have been sent via smartphone, as earlier on this year scientists were able to send the scent of macarons and champagne from Paris to New York. This was done so via an iPhone app using a device which is known as the iPhone Duo.
Should such features really take off soon, it could mean wonders for the food industry and completely change the way in which we interact with restaurants.
Adrian Cheok, professor of pervasive computing at City University London, is the man to thank for developing the technology behind Scentee. According to Nesta “he is currently working on a device that doesn’t rely on chemicals or pre-set cartridges. Instead, the latest technology sends a magnetic signal to a mouthguard which sits in the back of the throat and stimulates the olfactory bulb”.