The dogs will need their own teevee
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.