What if your iPhone could turn into a fragrance atomizer? Allure has discovered an app that might do just that!
As a kid I was obsessed with the idea of Smell-O-Vision, the scent-dispersing system invented in the 1950s and used in movie theaters to give people a more tactile viewing experience – it allowed them to smell what was going on in the movie. Alas, it never quite took off, and despite furtive attempts here and there to revive it over the years, Smell-O-Vision remains an idea whose time has yet to come. Or does it?
Leave it to Japan to find a way to combine scent and technology! From Popular Science comes word of Chat Perf, a fragrance atomizer for your iPhone. It’s a little tank filled with a scent that attaches to the dock, and it claims to allow you to ‘send smells across cyberspace’ with the tap of a touchscreen.
Imagine the possibilities! You’re at the ocean and you want to share the briny breezes with your friends. Beep boop beep and its scent, sent! Or the delicious aroma of a salted peanut doughnut? Bing, pow, and it’s across the country with your best friend who, rightly, should be very jealous, because that shizz is delicious. Well, that’s not quite how Chat Perf works. While it does emit an odor via a tap on an app, it’s only emitting it in the area around your phone – not to loved ones around the world.
And you can only emit the pre-loaded scent that’s in the smell tank – not a scent you’ve captured yourself. So yeah, perhaps they need to spend a little more time in R&D to get this right. In the meantime, I’ll be the one sniffing around the doughnuts. Don’t mind me…
Written by Anne-Marie Guarnieri, this article originally appeared in Allure.