The First “Scent Message” Has Been Sent Over the Internet

Last Tuesday, the first “scent message” was delivered via e-mail from New York to Paris. The scent: champagne and macaroons.

The new technology was invented by David Edwards and Rachel Field, who showcased their invention, known as the oPhone, last Tuesday at Manhattan’s American Museum of Natural History.

Here’s Edwards, Harvard professor and CEO of Vapor Communications, the company which created the oPhone.

“OPhone introduces a new kind of sensory experience into mobile messaging, a form of communication that until now has remained consigned to our immediate local experience of the world.”

The oPhone is paired with a smartphone app called oSnap. The app allows you to mix and match 32 basic scents which are contained inside small cartridges in the oPhone. The combination of these scents can produce up to 300,000 distinct aromas, according to Edwards.

When sending a message, the user can electronically tag it with any number of scents. This tag is then deciphered by the receiving oPhone, which reproduces the smell for about 10 seconds.

You can pre-order the oPhone for $149 via the company’s Indiegogo campaign.

Check out the full story from NBC here.


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