Cable Technology Feature Article
'Smell-o-vision' Officially More than Just a Catchphrase
By Juliana Kenny, TMCnet Web Editor
While I found this pastime of his to be rather rude (of course I wanted to be smelling the horseradish-encrusted trout simmering on the stove!), I kept watching and thusly imagined the aromas of his dishes wafting into my dorm room, replacing my handfuls of Wheaties with perhaps a crab cake or two. Yet Emeril’s taunting was not necessarily the stuff of fantasy. According to Fox News, researchers at the University of California San Diego are developing a devices capable of introducing “smell-o-vision” into consumers’ homes.
The device is supposedly crafted in collaboration with Samsung (News - Alert), and can attach to the back of any TV set or mobile phone. Including 10,000 chambers which generate thousands of odors, the device works its magic through an electrical charge which heats up and issues the aromas through a gas emission.
This new and frighteningly real “smell-o-vision” technology may prove quite useful for advertisers in the food industry (who wouldn’t run out and buy some Tollhouse cookie dough after being subjected to its sinful wafts through the TV screen?), though Emeril is going to have to find a new catchphrase.
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Juliana Kenny graduated from the University of Connecticut with a double degree in English and French. After managing a small company for two years, she joined TMC (News - Alert) as a Web Editor for TMCnet. Juliana currently focuses on the call center and CRM industries, but she also writes about cloud telephony and network gear including softswitches.
Edited by Jennifer Russell