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'Digital smells' sent via electrodes could let you transmit odors
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11-28-2018 1:08 PM

'Digital smells' sent via electrodes placed inside your nose could let you transmit ODOURS in messaging and dating apps

-Researchers claim to have created fruity, woody and minty 'electric smells'
-They did this by putting electrodes inside participants' nostrils
-This stimulated electrical currents behind the nostril where neurons were found
-However, critics say that smells might not have been created by electricity

Digital smell' technology could mean people are soon able to send all kinds of odours via messaging and dating apps.

Researchers in Malaysia claim to have created fruity, woody and minty electric fragrances by putting electrodes inside participants' nostrils.

They stimulate weak electrical currents behind the nostrils that in turn excite neurons that fed the brain with various smells, scientists claim.

'It is part of a whole, integrated virtual reality or augmented reality', lead researcher Adrian Cheok who is the director of the Imagineering Institute in Malaysia told NBC.

'So, for example, you could have a virtual dinner with your friend through the internet. You can see them in 3D and also share a glass of wine together', he said.

Researchers created ten different odours for the 31 participants involved in the research.

Dr Cheok believes that one day odours will be sent in digital form over the internet - although he says that it might still be decades away.

The recipient could receive them by wearing glasses or goggles with electrodes in them.

'The next stage is to produce it in a more controlled manner, and this will allow for people to develop software and products to generate electric smell', Dr Cheok says.

He believes it could also restore smell to people who have lost it due to illness or an accident.

However, critics say that smells might not have been created by electricity.

Joel Mainland, a neuroscientist at the Monell Chemical Senses Centre told NBC that although it could be possible to create odours using electrical stimulation that might not have happened in this study.

'If you are asking someone if something smells, they have a strong bias to say yes even where there is no odor', he said.

Earlier this week, scientists said that zapping the brain by placing electrodes inside the nostrils could bring back someone's lost sense of smell.

Being able to regain smell would be a breakthrough for millions, as figures estimate up to five per cent of people are unable to process scents.

Doctors at Massachusetts Eye and Ear tested the method on five patients who could already smell. It is the first time the sense has been stimulated this way.

The scientists believe the results open the door for a cochlear implant for the nose.

By placing electrodes in the nose, the nerves in the olfactory bulb were stimulated, and information was sent to the deeper regions of the brain.

Some cases of loss of smell can be treated by caring for an underlying cause, such as blocked sinuses or swelling, where the nasal passage is obstructed and smells can't reach the brain.

In more complicated cases, the sensory nose may be damaged due to head injury, a virus or ageing, which can lead to anosmia - complete loss of smell.

There are currently no proven therapies for this, but the study proves there are options on the horizon.

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11-28-2018 11:10 PM

This would be a good application for movies like the avatar. Using a 3D eyewear with the electrodes connected to your nose somehow. That was you are truly emerald in the 3d worlds by sight sound and smell. Imagine watching a movie like that.
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11-29-2018 8:51 AM

(11-28-2018 11:10 PM)Saiyanprince Wrote:  This would be a good application for movies like the avatar. Using a 3D eyewear with the electrodes connected to your nose somehow. That was you are truly emerald in the 3d worlds by sight sound and smell. Imagine watching a movie like that.

It's been done already....sort of:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovatio...180968295/

n the 1950s, the popularity of television exploded, and the film industry started experimenting with technologies to lure audiences back into movie theaters.

In this context, two 1959 olfactory innovations – AromaRama and Smell-O-Vision – emerged.

Both psychology and neurology have shown how closely smell is related to memory and emotion. But the orchestration of smell in a “smell story” or “smell movie” is another matter.

AromaRama involved pumping scents through an air-conditioning system, while Smell-O-Vision’s 30 odors were released from vents placed underneath the seats.

First they moved, then they talked, now they … smell? (Michael Todd, Jr.)
For budding smell entrepreneurs, the reviews couldn’t have been encouraging.

After New York Times film reviewer Bosley Crowther emerged from his first AromaRama experience, he wrote that he “happily filled his lungs with that lovely fume-laden New York ozone. It never has smelled so good.”

I saw AromaRama’s Behind the Great Wall and Smell-O-Vision’s The Scent of Mystery during their brief runs in New York, and the only scents I can recall are the pungent smell of an orange being sliced and the dank odor of a Chinese bay.

Instead of enhancing the cinematic experience, the smells ended up supplying something briefly weird and not very interesting, no different from a noisy special effect.

In 1981, filmmaker John Waters satirically revived the technique for his film Polyester, dubbing it “Odorama.”

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11-29-2018 10:08 AM

Technology and everything has changed. I'm sure with today's society and the way customers want to be fully hands on and interactive experiences the results would be awesome.

Imagine being introduced to the smell of an old book store as one enters into a old time book store. Or in Avatar being introduced to a new yet familiar smell of Rose's from a distant planet.

It would be a cool experience even if it didnt add yo the bottom line.
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