Don’t you just love the smell of freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies. The salty tang of the sea. The perfume of a freshly-peeled orange? Well guess what, your next cell phone may be able to send those very smells over the airwaves. I kid you not!
According to the London Daily Mail, inventors in Tokyo have already developed a device that records fruit smells. It’s a system of 15 microchips – and each chip has an electronic nose that picks up different traces in the aroma. And it’s so sensitive it can even tell a red apple from a green one! The microchips then works to recreate the fragrance when the smell is “played back.” So, if you want a silent ring tone that smells like strawberries – you’ve got it!
Of course, this technology is a lot more complicated than a camcorder, which only has to record various shades of red, green and blue. Humans have 347 olfactory sensors that zone in on smell. But it’s not all about just recording and sending pleasant smells - there’s a practical use, too.
Doctors who are miles away from a patient could be “sent” the smells surrounding a wound to determine if it’s infected. And your cell phone could “recognize you” as its owner when it detects and identifies your own personal aroma.
And already, there’s a cell phone that tells you when you have bad breath by monitoring the sulfur content when you exhale. But as far as sending a whiff of your perfume to your husband overseas, that technology is still being perfected. But we’ll definitely keep you posted on the progress.