The dogs will need their own teevee

October 25, 2010 at 7:30 pm 4 comments

Because I don’t think we’re going to want to ‘watch’ the same things…

The UK Times reports that scientists at Japan’s Keio University are working on Smell-o-Vision technology:

The Japanese team adapted a Canon printer to squirt four “ingredient” scents and managed to get hints of mint, grapefruit, cinnamon, lavender, apple and vanilla, for a fraction of a second.

Something similar was developed in the US in the ’60s, with scents released from sachets hidden in the seats to make cinema audiences more engaged with the entertainment.

However, the smells took too long to clear the auditorium and they were scrapped.

I’m not sure that Smell-o-Vision’s going to be a big hit outside the dog world. Once advertisers get their grimy little paws on it, ads for cars, perfumes and fast food will hurl us into a continuous, headache-inducing state of olfactory overload.

And = I suspect that if real-life scents are pumped in crime dramas, film noir and Mike Rowe will lose a lot of their popularity!


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  • 1. Rob McMillin  |  October 25, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    One of my friends is a sound editor on one of the CSI shows. One of the things he does periodically is go from place to place with sound equipment and make recordings of different noises.

    1) I can hardly wait for the first scent-editing credit, and
    2) I have to imagine that such a person would have similar sorts of needs, i.e. they would have to traverse the world looking for various odors.

    Um, eww.

  • 2. jan  |  October 25, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Having tracked down a dead mouse in a closet after it had served its purpose as a toy, I would not want the CSI shows to consider this.

  • 3. Rob McMillin  |  October 25, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Yeah… we had a rat die in the kitchen wall of our old house one summer before we got air conditioning installed (2003 or so). A month of pure hell. Couldn’t eat or cook for the stink.

  • 4. Viatecio  |  October 27, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Microbiology lab gives a lot of people headaches because, face it, micro bugs can smell! Honestly though, I haven’t had an issue with any of them yet…there’ve been some odiferous bugs so far, but none that really make me gag. It’s like eating new foods, except it’s smelling new scents that just make life interesting.

    I have to agree, though, that Eau de Rigor Mortis And Beyond is one that turns my stomach.

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