Smell-o-vision has been a staple of
bad sci-fi for decades, but could finally be edging closer to the
average living room thanks to a super-accurate Japanese system.
A team from Tokyo
University of Agriculture and Technology in Japan have invented a
'smelling screen' that makes smells waft from the spot on a display that
their corresponding objects appear. (image via PC Authority)
The development promises to make adverts for fried chicken or fresh coffee even more appealing - or alternatively add an as yet undreamed of realism to documentary programmes like Life of Grime
Smell-o-vision is nothing new, having been on the entertainment technology radar for over five decades. [snip]
The invention is 'a new olfactory display that can generate a localised odour distribution on a two-dimensional display screen,' the researchers say.
generated odour distribution is as if an odour source had been placed
on the screen, and leads the user to perceive the odour as emanating
from a specific region of the screen.' (continue at the Daily Mail UK)