Adding another dimension of smell to our everyday gadgets, to make it more immersive, has been on the minds of developers for a long, long time. The smell-o-vision idea, tweaked in different ways, keeps showing up every once in a while. Some rumors suggest that even Microsoft tested a prototype Xbox One controller with smell-o-vision feature, and that simply goes on to show that even main-stream companies are interested in it. A Japanese company has turned this idea into reality by coming up with a small attachment that can be plugged into an iPhone which emits smell of many different items.
Named The Hana Yakiniku kit, which is Japanese for “Nose Grilled Meat”, come with scent cartridges. With the help of an app, the kit can give a whiff of different aromas including cinnamon bun, lavender, strawberry, rose and meat. The kit will be available from mid-November for 3480 Yen ($35 approx) and a refill cartridge can be bought for 1000 Yen ($10 approx). The company is advertising the product as a cheap way to enjoy meat, but how can smell alone – even if it is good enough – substitute the real thing escapes me.
[Via – Technabob]