“You smell that? What is that?…” – “Your cologne?”- “No” – “Opportunity” – “No. Money”
“Making Sense(s): Die Medialität der Nahsinne” is the title of the upcoming workshop the Center for Digital Cultures at Leuphana hosts on the mediality of the lower senses. The event brings together an indisciplinary and international group of scholars working on the sense of smell, touch and taste. The workshop is scheduled for 12 June – 13 June 2019 is organized by the media scholars Sebastian Vehlken, Daniela Wentz and Andreas Bernard.
Digital culture seems to epitomize a scentfree world. Information technologies are clean. The sense of smell seems to be the outsider of a digital world. Isn’t this part of the story we tell about progress and a postindustrial society?
Have you ever noticed how your headphones smell? Do you expect a review of headphones talking about the olfactory qualities of the product? The recent review by Wired demonstrates the necessity of a multisensory product design:
The smell of cigarette smoke including the breath odor of smokers has often been described as a pressing issue in today’s world of work. In fact, it is the smell of smoking that marginalizes smokers at the workplace.
V2_ presents, produces, archives and publishes research at the interface of art, technology and society.
TheOlfactive.com is a concept scent gallery that speaks on works of scent art by various artists, bringing together a collection of international artist and designers.
The Bulk Currency Detection System (BCDS) is a device that can smell money by taking a gas sample from wherever officers think the money might be hidden, be on it travelers, in their luggage or stored somewhere in vehicles or shipping containers.
eScent offers an enabling platform technology and delivery device that emits precise doses of fragrances at the right time, in the right place, depending on context. It is the result of decades of substantial multidisciplinary research lead by Dr. Jenny Tillotson that culminates in numerous topical applications.
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.
The term scenthesizer has been coined in the science fiction a long time ago. Now it is a real option marketed as a djtechtool. Have a look!
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.
The world’s first olfactory alarm clock uses Kickstarter to generate funding for its development and marketing.