Why Harvard students try to teleport odors?




Why Harvard students try to teleport odors?

Imagine that you could post in Instagram not only photos and videos, but also smells. It seems that soon it will become a reality. The device, designed by students at Harvard University, led by researchers arts and science center Le Laboratoire in Paris, is able to transmit the smell for long distances. Mobile accessory called Ophone transmits olfactory signals as easily as a smartphone sends text and picture messages.

Ophone allow for immediate shipment olfactory messages worldwide. It will look the same as sending voice or text messages only in the language of smell – says Harvard professor and founder of Le Laboratoire David Edwards.

Technology is based on using a small cartridge capable of producing a variety of odors. Accessory attached to the smartphone and mobile application works with satellite-oTracks.


Olfactive Project is a collaboration between art and science of people wanting to realize the old dream of a universal language. The idea is not only the current playback mode of communication, but also in creating new language. We wanted to find a way to accurately spray smells and their subsequent combination with images. These two ideas form the basis of Ophone, – says Edwards.

Thus, Ophone can not only play with up odors and share them with friends, but also to connect them to the pictures on the screen Android-smartphone. Developers hope that the final version of the device can transmit up to ten thousand smells. In the future, they also plan to add support for capturing odors that will create a new form of communication.

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