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Transporting Smell via Cell: Good Idea or Bad?

USA- New York, NY | Oct 20 2012 | (22:57:41 - EDT)

A Japanese invention allows you to send smells via phone. Sort of. According to the news site RocketNews24, the Japanese company Chaku Perfume has "developed a new communication service in the way of an iPhone application and device called “Chat Perf,” which can send smells across cyber space. Amazing!"

Yes! We think this sounds amazing, too! Wouldn't it be great to be able to share the scent of a bakery you just walked past with a friend hundreds of miles away? Or capture the smell of autumn? Or be like, "What is that smell? I'll share it with my friends; maybe they can tell me."

Except, Chat Perf is not quite going to make that possible. Based on the story's description, it seems that the new app is only capable of releasing, upon a remotely issued command, whatever odor has been stored in the smell tank attached to a person's phone. So, you could potentially purchase a bakery-scented smell tank, give it to a friend, travel hundreds of miles away, instruct your friend to plug their bakery smell tank in, and then "send" the smell to them through the Chat Perf app. Which is, frankly, probably not worth the effort.

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Chaku Perfume may have anticipated that problem, because they provided RocketNews24 with a few ideas to get developers started.

?You could send a smell that matches a favorite scene from one of your games while your playing with a friend.
?A tourist attraction could give gift-smell tanks to guests of aromatic yaku cedar, sure to get them to come again.
?You could receive the sweat smell of your favorite idol during a concert; fans caught up in the moment would go wild!
?You could include a pleasant scent with a news letter.

Does anyone really want to smell the sweat of anyone while watching a concert? Chaku Perfume thinks someone might. Someone outside of Japan, according to the article: "Japan is a relatively odor-free culture...With this in mind, the Chat Perf might prove to be compatible with foreign markets."

Please visit Popular Science on the Web to read the remainder of this article.

Source: Popular Science via Karen Bremer Masuda, RocketNews24

Image Courtesy: Rocket News 24

 

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