“Even if you could capture the smells, sounds, tastes, and feel of a place, digitize them, and send them down a wire, you’d still never get near the sensation of ‘being there’. Why? Because we humans are not so dumb. Our minds and our bodies are one intelligence.” – JOHN THACKARA
Goldilocks and the Three Bears: The Smelly Version is just the first in a series of children’s classics that was on display at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York in 2015. Called Sensory Stories: An Exhibition of New Narrative Experiences, the exhibit featured technology that expands upon traditional story delivery methods and the way they play off the senses.
Communication is digital and instant. You can watch videos and hear voices of your loved ones. But smell? Not so much. It is interesting to see how the emphasis and the underlying hopes und utopian ideas shift when reading the numerous articles on Onotes, Ophones and similar projects. Here is an article from the New York Times.
Sharing smell, but also touch, and even taste – that’s the vision of a London university professor who has developed a range of devices he hopes will transcend the current limitations of online communication.