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Get A Whiff of This: Smell-O-Vision
Discovery News ^ | Mon Oct 10, 2011 03:10 PM ET | Analysis by Nic Halverson

Posted on 10/13/2011 7:56:23 AM PDT by Red Badger

In our collective consciousness, the French have a reputation for scent. Cut into a wheel of Roquefort, uncork a vintage bottle of Petrus or a flacon of Parisian perfume and you'll smell what I mean.

So, it should come as no surprise that French company, Olf-Action, has developed SMELLIT, a device designed to aromatically enhance the video games and movies of your home entertainment system.

A cluster of what look like six miniature jet turbines affixed to a stand presumably will blast out synchronized odors that correspond with onscreen activity. SMELLIT hasn't officially been released yet, but it's due for its public unveiling this month at the 2011 Lisbon Design Show in Portugal.

BLOG: What Does Anger Smell Like?

Olf-Action has a similar system already in use for movie theaters called Odoravision. Assuming that SMELLIT will employ the same kind of cartridge based scent system, home gamers and movie buffs can look forward to the pleasant whiffs of cut grass, cake and the seaside to heighten their experience. Some of the more nose-plugging scents include burned gasoline, horse and bathroom odor. Check out a full roster of Odoravision smells here.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Japan
KEYWORDS: entertainment; technology; television; videogame

1 posted on 10/13/2011 7:56:26 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

I know h ow to kill this immediately.
Debut it with either Janeane Garofalo or the Occupy Wallstreet protestors on the screen.


2 posted on 10/13/2011 8:00:27 AM PDT by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: Red Badger

There’s such a thing as too much realism.

No thanks. I don’t need to smell blood when I kill something onscreen.


3 posted on 10/13/2011 8:03:20 AM PDT by Jonty30
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To: Darksheare

I clicked on this because I thought it was about the fleabaggers. I’ve been robbed!


4 posted on 10/13/2011 8:03:27 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Let's have a Cain Mutiny!)
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To: Red Badger

Smell Frenchies? No thanks.


5 posted on 10/13/2011 8:04:39 AM PDT by onedoug (lf)
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To: Red Badger

I wonder how it would handle the “car scene” from “Hollywood Nights”?


6 posted on 10/13/2011 8:07:32 AM PDT by hoagy62 (The United States of America. Great idea...while it lasted.)
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To: Red Badger
. . . the French have a reputation for scent . . .

My Daddy didn't have much use for the French. He served in World War II and always told me the only good military force they had was their Foreign Legion, made up of non-French.

But they did like their smells.

This, he said, was the difference between making Limburger cheese and blue cheese:

Blue cheese is made by hanging a sack of sour milk in the outhouse for two months.

Limburger is made by hanging a sack of sour crap in the milk house for two months.

7 posted on 10/13/2011 8:09:11 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: hoagy62

Mrs. Freedman!!!!


8 posted on 10/13/2011 8:11:19 AM PDT by steveo (PETO-VT-IN-MARI-SVB-CRVCE-AVSTRALI-SEPELIAR)
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To: Darksheare
Debut it with either Janeane Garofalo

smells like old fish.......

9 posted on 10/13/2011 8:11:39 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (ui)
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To: Vigilanteman

Blue cheese is my favorite. Do you like cheese?..........


10 posted on 10/13/2011 8:15:07 AM PDT by Red Badger (Furthermore, I think Obama must be impeached....................)
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To: Hot Tabasco

A mixture of multi-day old sweat, rancid skin oil, and an exploded bakery with a hint of pastchouli.
[Don’t forget the skin fungus!]


11 posted on 10/13/2011 8:17:20 AM PDT by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: miss marmelstein

LOL!

“The ultimate in video game realism! Occupy Wallstreet!”

Perhaps a mod for Duke Nukem Forever?


12 posted on 10/13/2011 8:20:15 AM PDT by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: Red Badger
I'm reminded of the old saying "Those who refuse to learn from their mistakes are doomed to repeat them."

From FOXNews' article "Epic Fails: Netflix Qwikster and 5 Other Products People Didn't Want"

"3. iSmell. A company called DigiScents came out with a concept for a gadget in early 2001 that would add smells to go along with the websites you visit and the emails you read. It was arguably a clever idea: Different odor modules within the device spat out bits of scent to create just the right smell. The problem? Who wants a stinky web page? PC World magazine named it one of the world's worst products."

13 posted on 10/13/2011 8:20:43 AM PDT by cuz_it_aint_their_money (I'm voting for Sarah Palin in 2012. Even if I have to write her name in!)
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To: Red Badger

This was attempted decades ago. The problem was the odor lingered long after the scene had changed. For instance, the scene showed a man frying bacon. The aroma of bacon filled the theater. Then the scene changed with the same man on a subway. But the theater goer could still smell the bacon.


14 posted on 10/13/2011 8:34:54 AM PDT by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a SECOND party.)
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To: Terry Mross

I would rather smell bacon than a subway.............


15 posted on 10/13/2011 8:35:50 AM PDT by Red Badger (Furthermore, I think Obama must be impeached....................)
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To: Red Badger

“Blazing Saddles”. You know you want to see it with this.


16 posted on 10/13/2011 8:39:29 AM PDT by RichInOC (Sarah Palin is at war with the left. Most Freepers are just playing the video game.)
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To: hoagy62

I wonder how it would handle the “Barf-O-Rama” scene from “Stand by Me” ?

:)


17 posted on 10/13/2011 8:40:01 AM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: Red Badger

I love cheese, including blue cheese. But I can never eat it without thinking about what Dad told me.


18 posted on 10/13/2011 9:00:29 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman

That is a blessing in disguise..........


19 posted on 10/13/2011 9:02:38 AM PDT by Red Badger (Furthermore, I think Obama must be impeached....................)
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To: Red Badger; Vigilanteman
Behold the Power of Cheese.
20 posted on 10/13/2011 9:19:20 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Red Badger

And Bing Crosby's horse *still* hasn't come in!

21 posted on 10/13/2011 9:34:19 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Red Badger

Mmm, can’t wait for the pr0n.


22 posted on 10/13/2011 9:38:40 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: Red Badger

well it would certainly force the networks to quit covering Occupy Wall Street in a New York minute...


23 posted on 10/13/2011 9:42:52 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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