New oPhone can send smells like messages

Mobile & tablets

by CBR Staff Writer| 21 January 2014

Scheduled to be launched later this year.

A new device has been developed at Parisian research facility Le Laboratoire which makes odour communication similar to sending text messages.

Dubbed oPhone, the new mobile device allows sending smells to friends the oChip, which is a tiny cartridge incorporating olfactive data to generate hundreds of odour signals.

Upon the installation of the chip onto the iPhone device, a Bluetooth-connected app known as oTracks allows sending another person with an oPhone a smell of your choice.

Creator David Edwardstold the Telegraph that the multiple chips create the potential for 'odour symphony,' or the ability to craft a multi-odiferous message with actual context.

"These are pretty subtle odor signals that allow me to create sentences, paragraphs and essays, if you will, of odor messages," Edwards said.

The oPhone is scheduled to be launched by late 2014.

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