When you're hacking your way through a sweltering jungle in virtual reality, wouldn't you like to feel as disgustingly hot and humid as your video game character? To smell that distinctive jungle scent? No? Then you'd sure as hell better not pay $250 for the Feelreal this summer.
We think about technological progress as moving us forward, but for every giant leap, there are just as many awkward sidesteps. Today, we want to know about the technological advances that time (justly!) forgets.
Have you ever been to a movie so shocking that the theater management offered you a life insurance policy just in case you died of fright? Filmmaker William Castle devised a scheme that did just that for the release of his 1958 suspense/horror film Macabre. Thankfully, they never had to pay out.
Doesn't it seem like being able to smell a TV show would be undesirable a lot of the time? Alex Trebek's cologne would be wafting around your grandma's all through Easter dinner and then your house would smell like blood after the Game of Thrones premier.
How would you like it if your TV could fart? It sounds absurd, but that's what's on the table with Samsung's latest revival of the Smell-O-Vision concept. And this time the tech looks real enough that it might actually happen.
With the success of Monsters Vs. Aliens at the box office this weekend, 3-D movies are now firmly back with mainstream audiences. But what other movie fads could be resurrected in a similar fashion?
Great strides are being made toward that Holy Grail of olfactory goodness: Smell-o-Vision. First we heard about a scent recorder, and we've seen various USB stenchers, but now here's the USB Aroma Joule, reacting to sound and spewing out appropriate odors for whatever music it hears. At the same time, it gives you a…
We've been hearing threats of smell-o-vision for decades now, but it looks like engineers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology are getting serious about an odor recorder that can analyze scents and reproduce them by combining the 96 chemicals packed inside the device. Not only will it be able to approximate the smells…