oPhone

oPhone

Technology has changed the way we communicate. We are becoming hypersocial in an always connected world. We can share information over long distances from a large variety of apps. Whether it is just a simple text greeting or a snapchat picture, we are constantly sharing information over the internet. However, there always has seemed to be one problem. How can one share an odor? The odors people want to share are often foul, but what if people wanted to share an odor that inspires them of a good memory. Well the answer comes from the Vapor Communications who are working out of Le Laboratoire in Paris. They have developed a bluetooth device called the oPhone that allows odors to be sent via e-mail, tweet, or text.
The device works by trying to develop the oNotes which they is what they are calling the odor transmitting message. The designers are working to create a large amount of odor profiles which will be loaded inside the oPhone. They will reproduce various odors from a wide range of different scenarios and environments to allow complete versatility of odor transmission. There are four oChips which are built into the oPhone that translates these profiles into various odors. The device works like a paint mixer to combine various different oChips in a specific recipe to create the different smells. When prompted via the oNotes from a bluetooth connected smartphone, the device will emit an odor that lingers for about 20 to 30 seconds within a 6 inch radius of the device. Even though it does not seem to be the most intriguing of a technology, the oPhone is paving the way for an increasingly personal and connected way of life.

Original sources:
http://www.gizmag.com/ophone-text-email-odor/30834/
http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/17/le-laboratoires-ophone-is-a-smartphone-for-the-nose-that-knows/http://www.gizmag.com/ophone-text-email-odor/30834/

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