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'Smell camera' could preserve fragrances

July 10, 2013 | Comment icon 1 comment



Image Credit: CC 3.0 Barbara Studer
Designer Amy Radcliffe has come up with a device capable of recording and recreating smells.
The "analog odor camera" is based off of technologies used in the perfume industry and consists of a glass cone, a pump and a resin trap. When an object is placed underneath the glass cone, the pump extracts the smell through a tube and is absorbed by the resin trap. The data of each smell is stored as a graph-like formula which can later he inscribed on a bronze disk and then recreated.

The idea of capturing and recreating smells isn't new, but the "odor camera" may for once provide a way to bring the technology to the average consumer. Whether everyone will soon be going around recording and reproducing smells they've experienced, however, remains to be seen.
A freshly mowed lawn, lit charcoal and sunscreen are just a few summer smells that are as ephemeral as they are memorable. These scents may be fleeting, but a new “smell camera” could help preserve these fragrances forever.


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Comment icon #1 Posted by Junior Chubb 9 years ago
Why do I get the feeling Smellyvision is on the way...


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