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Ideas are already in the works on how the device can be used commercially

A research team at the Tokyo Institute of Technology today unveiled a device that can detect, record, digitize and then replicate any smell. The creator of the device, Takamichi Nakamoto says that the machine while currently a bit large, can be programmed to recreate any smell. The device uses 15 specialized sensors that convert smell into digital formulas can be used to store libraries of smell.

Nakamoto says that while "the sensitivity of the human nose is very good", his machine can replicate the same performance. Nakamoto says that he believes the device can be commercialized. Currently, a smaller version can be made that simply records smell but not reproduce it. For reproducing smell, the device contains 96 different chemicals stored in glass jars, mixed together to reproduce a vast range of smells.

A number of commercial applications can be used for such a device says Nakamoto. Shopping for flowers online, or transmitting a smell trough a cell phone and sending it digitally to a receiver somewhere else in the world are just some of the things Nakamoto and his team thinks are very possible. If successful, the device will be commercialized into small devices and can even be used in computer applications. Games, libraries, encyclopedias and other software can take advantage of a large library of smells and reproduce them for an entirely new degree of interactivity.

A similar device is being engineered by Keio University of Japan. Currently, Nakamoto and his team are working to extend the range of the device. His team of 12 is working with various fragrance companies as well as electronics companies to drive up interest in the technology.

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Consumables nightmare?
By MadAd on 7/12/2006 1:28:40 PM , Rating: 3
96 different chemicals?!

Whats the betting they will only sell refils with at least 6 smells in one cartridge so you have to buy the lot when one runs out... I can see HP/Epson/Cannon wringing their hands with glee already.

RE: Consumables nightmare?
By Master Kenobi on 7/12/2006 1:34:53 PM , Rating: 3
Don't go there.

By drank12quartsstrohsbeer on 7/12/2006 2:50:29 PM , Rating: 2
"Honey, I need to run down to Staples and pick up another fart/rotten egg cartridge!"

bad use...
By BootFailure on 7/12/2006 10:20:16 AM , Rating: 2
For sure, someone will be laying a fart to test the machine. If the result is accurate, we might later see a new "smellier" version of the whoopee cushion...

RE: bad use...
By drank12quartsstrohsbeer on 7/12/2006 2:48:52 PM , Rating: 2
yeah, i can see websites setting up 'smelliest fart' competitions. WIN BIG PRISES!

RE: bad use...
By Scrogneugneu on 7/12/2006 8:12:34 PM , Rating: 2
As long as those farts are not found in (very) annoying ads, I have no objection.

By Master Kenobi on 7/12/2006 9:17:34 AM , Rating: 2
Really strange..... I guess this could work well for forensics teams, they could record smells and run them through a computer analyzer and figure out everything that was there perhaps. Just a thought.

RE: Strange
By peternelson on 7/12/2006 11:18:00 AM , Rating: 2

A more likely application of this technology is in synthesising fake smells.

eg the smell of explosives.

Tracker dogs which look for bombs in luggage could be caused to chase after decoys using this technology.

Meanwhile the real bomb remains undiscovered, ready to explode.

By klingon on 7/12/2006 9:32:56 AM , Rating: 2
I wonder if this thing works with games. If it does, then i suppose we might smell a lot of unpleasant stuffs like drainage....etc.

RE: Hmmmm!!
By Vertigo101 on 7/12/2006 9:48:41 AM , Rating: 2
I think people have been trying to come up with 'smell-accelerator' cards for years. I'm not so sure that it'd be a fantastic idea, but it could be interesting.

By rrsurfer1 on 7/12/2006 9:50:03 AM , Rating: 2
The newest feature on all the high end HDTV's - TeleSmell!

Seriously though, this would definitely add a whole new level of realism to movies/gaming/whatever. Flowers and pollen when your outdoors, blood when you shoot something, cooking smells, gasoline, gunpowder. All kinds of uses.

RE: Telesmell
By BladeVenom on 7/12/2006 5:30:26 PM , Rating: 2
It's already called Smell-O-Vision.

Dire Consequences
By EarthsDM on 7/12/2006 11:02:55 AM , Rating: 2
The implications of this device on a home computer are horrific. Imagine the next generation of pop-up ads that take advantage of this device? Imagine a computer virus, chain letter, or game hack that incapacitates you with stench, staining cloths and walls. That said, there was a movie Polyester by John Waters in Smell-o-vision.

RE: Dire Consequences
By The Boston Dangler on 7/12/2006 12:00:37 PM , Rating: 2
Imagine what happens when some lameware opens 50 browsers, spamming porn sites. Throw in beta drivers and Windows errors, this could get ugly, folks.

By modestninja on 7/12/2006 6:09:52 PM , Rating: 3
We might finally be able to smell what exactly The Rock is cooking!

Rated R for Rank?
By plimogs on 7/12/2006 10:00:52 AM , Rating: 2
So games displaying excessive blood and gore are given M ratings, and so are games with foul and offensive language. Would a game featuring obnoxious smells be slapped with such a rating, or does the puritans' zeal not extend to olfaction as well?

By Dfere on 7/12/2006 10:33:29 AM , Rating: 2
Now if they can just get that big digital electric sword to flame on, and figure how to convert the trucks to feet, arm and hands and change the Japanese constitution to allow for preemptive strikes, Kim Jong Ill is in trouble if he farts!.

Smell by phone?
By Calidore on 7/12/2006 11:05:34 AM , Rating: 2
"Dude, take the damn phone out of your back pocket!"

I like it, though. The coroner doesn't need to travel, just take a call from a cop on the scene:

"Okay, hold the phone by the victim."
"Yep, he's dead."

By Korvon on 7/12/2006 11:19:57 AM , Rating: 2
Finally Emeril Live will have his smell-o-vision and we can actually smell what he is cooking. I think the food network would be most interested in this. Very cool.

Security an issue?
By AncientPC on 7/12/2006 1:27:58 PM , Rating: 2
Can you imagine if someone hacked your Smell-o-vision and made your living room smell like rotten eggs?

By Jedi2155 on 7/12/2006 5:05:21 PM , Rating: 2
Scratch and Sniff anyone?

By kontorotsui on 7/13/2006 4:18:42 AM , Rating: 2
Beside the fart jokes, this could be useful to sell online nose-sensitive items like perfumes.
I wonder if this device can be really so capable to fully detect the components of a complex perfume, much less reproduce it exactly.
And if it is possible to reproduce it exactly, it's the dawn of the perfume piracy era!

I already hear Gucci and Chanel starting to cry :)

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