Saturday, July 01, 2006

Sound, Images, now a Smell recorder

Engineers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan (don't you just love em) are building an odour recorder capable of recording a smell and playing it back later. Simply point the gadget at a freshly brewed cup of coffee for example, and it will analyse its odour and reproduce it for you.

Game implentation..........endless, let the smell of burning rubber and high octane fuel waft across your nose as you rev at the start of Forza or Project Gotham, just what does an ogres smell like anyway, does Lara croft wear perfume?, ahhhhh! that locker room smell imported for your madden game, gagging on the smell of putrification entering a cave in Oblivion.....endless

Full story from New Scientist

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43 comments:

gnome said...

I really don't know if that's a good idea... I mean really! On the other hand, Larry's 'scratch and sniff' was nice; better, I am sure.

Besides there was an awfully (and literaly) stinking first similar approach quite some years ago. Can't remeber the bleeding device's name though.

The Elderly said...

now that you mention it....(elderlys two brain cells rub toghether) your right!! ....can't bloody remember it....a fragrance emitter...died a death.

Properly implented though i'd buy it.....but it would want to have a pretty wide range of aromas and blends rather than a handful......

gnome said...

I don't know... I just dont like the sound (smell perhaps? -bad joke) of these devices... Why would I want to smell Mike Tyson?

The Elderly said...

i remember attending a medieval exhibition (actors, reconstructed streets, muck, noise) i can remember was the smell, they had purposely set aside rotten veg and god knows what else to recreate an authentic smell.......and whereas you weren't inclined to hang around too long, it did bring home the squalor and create an athmosphere.

However i agree with you entirely when it comes to Mike tyson...... what if they only included "nice" smells like fresh cut grass or the smell of stale beer when you entered an inn.....

although the only place i've ever heard of a practical use for smell technology have been supermarkets, baking bread and fresh roast coffee etc.

gnome said...

I don't know... You do make it sound intriguing and even an important aspect of immersion... Then again, Max Payne featured Tube toilets...

The Elderly said...

what about three levels of smell immersion, the roughest level would include tube toilet putrification, lesser levels would include the smell of toilet cleaner and fragrant flowers.......though its more likely, that by the time anyone gives this a serious outing, my smell receptors will have been knackered.

gnome said...

Only a true man would be able to make it. Yes, that would be the test to elevate games to adulthood ceremonies... Wise and imaginative as always mr. Elderly.

The Elderly said...

your are most kind mr.gnome...though as you've pointed out, i would not be too enchanted with risking the rougher levels, and indeed my neighbours would be onto the health inspectors the next day.

"hello, theres a smell of burning flesh coming from next door"

gnome said...

And -trust me on this one- trying to explain anything, no matter how simple, to a cop is just an excercise in futility...

The Elderly said...

you can sing it........

gnome said...

LA la LALA sol re la... cop's are braindead.. la lala

The Elderly said...

gnome sings!!...is there no end to his talents.......... cops the remix ft. A.Gnome

gnome said...

You can't see it right now, but I can also tap-dance while singing.

The Elderly said...

I had noticed some cracks appearing in the floor, but i thought it was merely subsidence.....an all singing all dancing gnome, in my sitting room.....honoured, if a tad worried about the building foundations.

gnome said...

Nothing to worry about... at least not till the acrobatics show, featuring ten gnomes and a zebra.

The Elderly said...

female gnomes?

gnome said...

Lots of 'em...

The Elderly said...

bring it on, i can always sleep in the tent........wow real female gnomes, doing acrobatics.......to a set mixed by bad boy gnome...

aint life great.......

gnome said...

Of course it is great. Unless of course you believe that beardy Nietsche guy...

The Elderly said...

no im really here, (pinches himself, draws blood) see.....or was that sartre?


ouch!

gnome said...

It definitely wasn't Nietsche... As for Sartre I can't be really sure...

(wow. I'm here too!)

The Elderly said...

(watches gnomes arm spurt blood)

I think you've got an artery there gnome!

NURSE!

gnome said...

quick

The Elderly said...

!!!!!! (watches nurse apply tornique...nurse bends over to check gnomes vitals)

!!!!

gnome said...

:)

What a picture!

The Elderly said...

(considers pinching his arm again) you will call a nurse won't you?

gnome said...

But of course


NURSE!!!

The Elderly said...

(Rather obese wrinkled elderly Gnome nurse arrives wearing overalls)

Thanks gnome your a pal...........?

gnome said...

Of course I am ...


:)

The Elderly said...

(fetid smell of stale perspiration emanates from Gnome nurse.)

Really Gnome you shouldn't have.......REALLY! you shouldn't have

(Gnome nurse belches!.......)

jeez............NO!

gnome said...

Ooops. Sorry. I'll get a you a new one. Younger. Human too.

The Elderly said...

thank you mr. gnome......I'd be eternally grateful and more likely not to develop gangrene

gnome said...

Always looking out for friends...

The Elderly said...

With your sensitivity, naive charm, and unique ganinja humour, i'm surprised no one's started a fansite yet......

gnome said...

I have quite a few, but they are all in the ultra secret NinjNet. It's all analog and meta-digital you know.

The Elderly said...

I've heard rumours about the NinjiNet, but I never thought they were true....even existed.......wowze wow!

would it be like you know okay to, like, hang around with you, maybe pick up a few tips, you know sorta hang out doing, ya know ninja things.

(watches ganinja's laser eyes cut mantra shapes in the swirling cigarette smoke)

gee thats so freakin cool.....

gnome said...

Lol and rofl, to begin with...

Sure I'll pigeon you a passcode. Hold on... Bloody thing..

I'll send another pigeon.

The Elderly said...

what just happened? the first pigeons dead isn't he? Ganinja your strength is too powerful for such little creatures.......we'll have to bury him now....or have you incinerated him.....

gnome said...

Don't worry she's off to the ninja-pet cemetary. No fear. She'll be back in no time...

The Elderly said...

.....black candles? (elderly spots a feather protruding from Gnomes lip) Gnome.....am.....theres a feather.....
(elderly quickly puts the idea out of his head)
silly me.......

gnome said...

You must have been drinking heavily my friend... Feather? Pah

(coughs, to the general surpsise of everyone present...)

The Elderly said...

lol

(elderly looks suitably surprised)

those cigarettes.......

gnome said...

quite

I'll smile tis one shut...

:)