The technology has so far targeted mainly our sense of sight and sound. To further enhance the virtual reality experience and another flavor to it, technology is now targeting your nose and tongue.
The application area of virtual reality is vast- from normal entertainment to the Internet and e-commerce application. You will be able to smell product before buying them online.
California-based Digiscents Inc. has developed the iSmell personal scent synthesizer. This small device connects through your pc via serial port and has its own driver.
In this modern age, computers have verified the cause of their existence. They have virtually taken over in every field of today’s fast life. Gone are the days when applications of computers were limited to official use only. Today computers have important place in every household purpose, and mainly internet has taken over whole world.
There are various causes due to which computers have their own stand in our life. It provides a very good facility of fast processing, sound and picture. The virtual reality concept has provided very good features to the computer systems. The concept of virtual reality is introduced by the computer programmers to provide more attachments to the user. There are several concepts of the virtual reality that are available such as digital smell, virtual theater, electronics hand gloves, multipoint surround sound system, 3d goggles.
The digital smell is basically a hardware software combination. The hardware part of digital smell will produce the smell, and the software part will evaluate the smell equation and generate specific signals for specific smell and finally that smell will be produced by the device. The hardware device is a device like speaker, like speaker this device is also connected to the computer system. For this device there is also a driver program which will evaluate the digital equation for generating specific gas.
Until now, online communication involved only three of our senses - hearing, touch, and sight. New technology is being developed to appeal to our sense of smell. DigiScents, an interactive media company, is creating iSmell Digital Scent Technology, new software which will enable scents to be broadcast from the Web.
Coding of aromas would be downloaded to computer similar to graphics images as audible sounds. Ultimately users will be able to create and modify their own fragrances and post them on the internet (2000). Also discussed the potential for creating smell capture cameras, which could add fragrances coding to images and sounds.
The "Savor the World" tagline illustrates the California-based company's aims to tap into the power of scent as a communication tool. "DigiScents combines the power of science with the fact that the sense of smell is as powerful and emotional trigger as any other sense," the Web site states.
This new technology will make it possible to send and receive scented e-mails and to add scent elements to Web sites, to name just a few of its applications.
In future these devices will play very well role in our life, such as in Theater, Televisions, internet etc.
Traditionally one has said that we have five senses, recent studies indicate that we have at least eleven and some specialists still consider more. Of the main ones (Vista, ear, tact, taste and sense of smell), our nose is possibly the one that has more relegated in our sensitive surroundings, since all the technology and the world that surrounds to us attacks the Vista and the ear, but rare time we found some attempt to approach the sense of smell.
So far, computers work with only 3 out of 5 senses.
DIGITAL SCENT TECHNOLOGY
Imagine being able to smell things using a device that connects to your computer. Like a new language, this technology is a new set of tools for self-expression, communication, and commerce. It includes software components and a peripheral device called the Personal Scent Synthesizer.
Digiscents don't plan on designing the games and other platforms themselves. As well as the synthesizers, they've been creating the soft and hardware that game producers will need to mix and incorporate scents into their latest offerings. Part of that is "Reminiscent", a database of standard smells. These odors will be licensed to developers for integration into games, websites and advertisements and so on.
The company promises that by this summer, they will be flying their flag at the world's first scent-enabled Web portal, dubbed "The Snortal". Visitors will be able to send "Scent Mail", design and register their own smells and swap aroma tracks to their favorite music clips; just like computer gamers circulate custom-designed 'skins' for their favorite titles.
"We're going to be the Microsoft of smell." said one Digiscents insider.
Digiscents is apparently in discussions with at least one major game developer. So we truly may be close to a time when you'll smell those zombies just as they sneak up to devour your brains.
Note to Editors: DigiScents, ScentStream, iSmell, ScentWare, ScentTracks, ReminiScents, and ScentObjects are trademarks of DigiScents, Inc. RealNetworks® and RealPlayer® are trademarks or registered trademarks of RealNetworks, Inc. All other companies or products listed herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
BROADCASTING OF SMELL
1 Digitized Scent.
A scent is indexed along two parameters, its chemical makeup and its place in the scent”spectrum”,and then digitized into a small file.
The digital file is scent, attached to enhanced web content
DigiScent’s iSmell, which connects to the user’s computer like a set of speakers, synthesis the smell from a palette of “primary odours”, following the guidelines of the digital file.
iSmell technology turns smell into digital codes that can be stored on laser discs or as computer files, and it can even be emailed. It reads the digital scent file, creates a smell from a ”palette” of 128 chemicals stored in a cartridge, which wafts into the air with a small fan.
4 The complete product:
DigiScents is developing a complete solution for scent-enabling the Internet and all forms of digital media, including:
iSmell Personal Scent Synthesizer: A computer peripheral device which recreates Scent Objects by mixing and releasing one or more of 128 scents. The device includes replaceable cartridges similar to those used in color printers.
4.1 ScentPalette Cartridges:
Consider cartridges contained inside the iSmell device. The cartridges are filled with over one hundred different fragrant materials that are emitted alone or incombination. In addition to the general purpose of Scent Palette there is a possibility of creating industry Specific cartridges for every thing from fragrances and food to games and movies.