The world's first phone that sends olfactory messages

  •  April 5, 2020

The world's first phone that sends olfactory messages

From time to time we discover pleasant perfumes and aromas, whether from a flower or from a plate, and we want to share these smells with our friends. It happens a lot when we're traveling, doesn't it?

But, as we well know, you can't keep a smell in your pocket or email it. Or rather: it did not give. If it depends on OPhone, this reality may change soon.

Designed by an interdisciplinary team led by MIT researcher David Edwards, OPhone is nothing more than a Bluetooth device that works in conjunction with an Android app.

In the first tests, the device has already proved effective in sending smell messages from one room to another. Hence to exchange perfumes between continents is a leap. Here's a working demonstration of OPhone:

It is noteworthy that a text message can be sent along with the aroma. After all, the recipient may not be aware of the nature of the smell.

Learn more about the project by clicking here.

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