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By in News
Tue May 16, 2000 at 09:16:38 PM EST
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Here's an interesting little story at TechJockey.. "To make our games even more realistic, around Christmas Developer Digiscents Inc. will be selling their new iSmell machines. The iSmell machines use digital scent cartridges, which can be replaced like printers' ink cartridges, to mix smells from 128 different aromas and produce a certain smell. Games can use smell machines to produce a burnt rubber smell in racing games or a flower scent in e-mail, and internet retailers are also interested. Scents can be synchronized to an entity, action, or scene, or can be activated by the user, enabling "click and smell" options for e-commerce perfume purveyors. Once mixed, the scent is wafted into the air by a small fan. The prices will range from $50 to $200 with cartridges available for about $20."


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Sniff Your PC | 53 comments (53 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
not terribly interesting... (none / 0) (#41)
by decomyn on Tue May 16, 2000 at 12:16:14 AM EST

decomyn voted -1 on this story.

not terribly interesting

Can't you make your own summary?!... (5.00 / 1) (#10)
by Velian on Tue May 16, 2000 at 12:34:28 AM EST

Velian voted -1 on this story.

Can't you make your own summary?!

Wasn't there an Elvis film that was... (5.00 / 1) (#6)
by Dacta on Tue May 16, 2000 at 01:42:08 AM EST

Dacta voted -1 on this story.

Wasn't there an Elvis film that was suppossed to be shown with scent? What ever happened to that...

I can't wait for the first smell-virus, that hacks one of these things to produce Sulpher dioxide or something....

Oh my god.. the possibilities for '... (none / 0) (#26)
by Marcin on Tue May 16, 2000 at 01:53:28 AM EST

Marcin voted 1 on this story.

Oh my god.. the possibilities for 'hacking' these things are endless.. Imagine getting spam and having your mail program make it SMELL like spam.

Oooh.. imagine porn.. eww. :)

Heh.. cool.
M.

Old news. They've been claiming the... (none / 0) (#11)
by Ozymandias on Tue May 16, 2000 at 01:56:06 AM EST

Ozymandias voted -1 on this story.

Old news. They've been claiming they'd have this "Real Soon Now" for at least three years. Know what? It sounded stupid three years ago, too.
- Ozymandias

"Burning rubber" was my first addic... (none / 0) (#33)
by guppie on Tue May 16, 2000 at 02:19:39 AM EST

guppie voted 1 on this story.

"Burning rubber" was my first addiction to arcade games. It would be fun to play it again and really stink the place up.

What? The land of the free? Whoever told you that is your enemy.
-Zack de la Rocha

Cool! Do these have any applicatio... (none / 0) (#30)
by MoxFulder on Tue May 16, 2000 at 02:42:02 AM EST

MoxFulder voted 1 on this story.

Cool! Do these have any applications besides games though? What I want to know is: how does this thing pump out the scented materials and how does is it combine them?

"If good things lasted forever, would we realize how special they are?"
--Calvin and Hobbes


iSmell machines ... (none / 0) (#13)
by your_desired_username on Tue May 16, 2000 at 02:54:37 AM EST

your_desired_username voted 0 on this story.

iSmell machines

I smell machines too. They smell like steel and plastic. So?

Smell-O-Vision is neat in a "hey, c... (none / 0) (#7)
by evro on Tue May 16, 2000 at 03:02:24 AM EST

evro voted -1 on this story.

Smell-O-Vision is neat in a "hey, cool" kind of way, but even if I ever got one I think I'd turn it off after a couple of seconds. Seems like a sort of pointless idea to me.
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It's only a matter of time now befo... (none / 0) (#15)
by pwhysall on Tue May 16, 2000 at 03:37:32 AM EST

pwhysall voted 1 on this story.

It's only a matter of time now before smellbots appear on IRC :)
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I'm going to wager that the story keeps getting dumped because it is a steaming pile of badly formatted fool-meme.
CheeseBurgerBrown

one word... p0rn... ... (none / 0) (#28)
by h2odragon on Tue May 16, 2000 at 03:53:30 AM EST

h2odragon voted 1 on this story.

one word... p0rn...

Pretty interesting idea, especially... (none / 0) (#8)
by spiralx on Tue May 16, 2000 at 04:53:19 AM EST

spiralx voted 1 on this story.

Pretty interesting idea, especially since smell is the strongest trigger of memory out of all five senses, so you'll definitely remember playing Quake whenever you smell charred flesh and gunsmoke :)


You're doomed, I'm doomed, we're all doomed for ice cream. - Bob Aboey

Once these become mainstream we're ... (none / 0) (#32)
by Toojays on Tue May 16, 2000 at 05:10:17 AM EST

Toojays voted 1 on this story.

Once these become mainstream we're going to have to watch out for the YOUMAKEMESICK virus, which produces a smell so foul it makes you vomit. Given the content of most games, I can't really see these as a good thing -- sure the smell of burning tires is cool for racing games, but the only smells in most games would be dead bodies, gunpowder and sweat.

I've heard of this before.. lots...... (none / 0) (#23)
by bgp4 on Tue May 16, 2000 at 08:52:22 AM EST

bgp4 voted -1 on this story.

I've heard of this before.. lots...
May all your salads be eaten out of black hats

... (none / 0) (#14)
by CodeWright on Tue May 16, 2000 at 09:11:43 AM EST

CodeWright voted 1 on this story.

Wicked cool!

First, there was Virtual Motion's inner ear proprioception peripheral... and that teledildonics suit whose URL I can't remember.... and now Smell-O-Vision! Woo-HA!



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My god!... (none / 0) (#22)
by charsplat on Tue May 16, 2000 at 09:26:15 AM EST

charsplat voted 1 on this story.

My god!

I like the info but you just aped t... (none / 0) (#2)
by Emacs on Tue May 16, 2000 at 09:57:49 AM EST

Emacs voted 0 on this story.

I like the info but you just aped the TechJocky story. Not too creative.

I'm guessing it would be harder to ... (none / 0) (#18)
by End on Tue May 16, 2000 at 10:01:31 AM EST

End voted 0 on this story.

I'm guessing it would be harder to encode smells in hex for HTML than RGB colors...I'm not sure I like this idea at all. It's bad enough opening a web page or document and being greeted by bad graphics and worse, tasteless music. The potential for misuse is a proper caution.

-JD

What an absolutely horrid idea! �... (none / 0) (#5)
by Skippy on Tue May 16, 2000 at 10:11:15 AM EST

Skippy voted 1 on this story.

What an absolutely horrid idea! <sarcasm>Wow, I can hardly wait to smell the sweat, blood, tears, and smoke in Quake!</sarcasm>
# I am now finished talking out my ass about things that I am not qualified to discuss. #

Old news. I read about this in a P... (none / 0) (#20)
by buzzbomb on Tue May 16, 2000 at 10:30:27 AM EST

buzzbomb voted -1 on this story.

Old news. I read about this in a PAPER magazine several months ago.

A device that I will never use. -- ... (none / 0) (#35)
by rafael on Tue May 16, 2000 at 11:00:39 AM EST

rafael voted -1 on this story.

A device that I will never use. -- Do you imagine malicious people developing viruses that smell like H2S?

This was the cover story on <cit... (none / 0) (#9)
by eann on Tue May 16, 2000 at 11:20:48 AM EST

eann voted 1 on this story.

This was the cover story on <cite>Wired</cite> a few months ago. Still, it's a neat idea.

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I wonder what what smells would go ... (none / 0) (#12)
by pulsar on Tue May 16, 2000 at 11:59:44 AM EST

pulsar voted 1 on this story.

I wonder what what smells would go with Quake?! ;-)

... (none / 0) (#25)
by shevek on Tue May 16, 2000 at 12:13:01 PM EST

shevek voted 1 on this story.

odor-ama, for real.
-- Philosophy:Cosmology::Signified:Signifier

This stinks. They are recycling an... (none / 0) (#27)
by Saint Zero on Tue May 16, 2000 at 12:29:08 PM EST

Saint Zero voted -1 on this story.

This stinks. They are recycling an OLD movie/TV idea from the 50's (IIRC) and thinking I'd _want_ to smell the toxic waste barrels in DoomII, or all those Demons/alien/whatevers in Quake. Or, hey, DEAD ZOMBIES! Right... I don't _think_ so.
---------- Patron Saint of Nothing, really.

Post it! If this isn't a joke, I m... (none / 0) (#16)
by HiRes on Tue May 16, 2000 at 12:44:16 PM EST

HiRes voted 1 on this story.

Post it! If this isn't a joke, I mean...
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Maybe I'm missing the boat, but thi... (none / 0) (#1)
by joeyo on Tue May 16, 2000 at 12:49:55 PM EST

joeyo voted 1 on this story.

Maybe I'm missing the boat, but this sounds really.... stupid.

--
"Give me enough variables to work with, and I can probably do away with the notion of human free will." -- demi

Why?... (none / 0) (#29)
by deimos on Tue May 16, 2000 at 01:46:23 PM EST

deimos voted -1 on this story.

Why?
irc.kuro5hin.org: Good Monkeys, Great Typewriters.

Finally, I can smell my friends far... (none / 0) (#24)
by hooty on Tue May 16, 2000 at 02:03:33 PM EST

hooty voted 1 on this story.

Finally, I can smell my friends farts over the net!

Do we really need the return of sme... (none / 0) (#38)
by ToastyKen on Tue May 16, 2000 at 02:17:40 PM EST

ToastyKen voted 1 on this story.

Do we really need the return of smell-o-vision? I mean, when I'm playing Quake 2, I really really really don't want to know what that mosquito-ridden rotting carcass smells like...

These are just weird. I could see t... (none / 0) (#3)
by driph on Tue May 16, 2000 at 02:25:01 PM EST

Driph voted 1 on this story.

These are just weird. I could see them being really useful in an immersive type gaming environment, tho..
Imagine the hacking possiblities.. Yuck.

--
Vegas isn't a liberal stronghold. It's the place where the rich and powerful gamble away their company's pension fund and strangle call girls in their hotel rooms. - Psycho Dave

mlp...... (none / 0) (#17)
by inspire on Tue May 16, 2000 at 02:26:11 PM EST

inspire voted -1 on this story.

mlp...
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What is the helix?

Ack. Something in me can't resist ... (none / 0) (#36)
by robin on Tue May 16, 2000 at 02:31:06 PM EST

robin voted 0 on this story.

Ack. Something in me can't resist wondering what an NT lockup would smell like... I can think of no serious use for this, especially at prices like those. The smell of burning rubber from pornographic DVDs..? Melting plastic when credit card payments are not accepted? Oh no. Are you sure this isn't an April fool's joke that was missed in the internet tidyup?
--
W.A.S.T.E. (do not antagonise the Horn)

Oh, please. Something USEFUL, eh? ... (none / 0) (#21)
by warpeightbot on Tue May 16, 2000 at 02:52:10 PM EST

warpeightbot voted -1 on this story.

Oh, please. Something USEFUL, eh? Not Smell-O-Vision. I can see it now: VIRUS GENERATES BUTERIC ACID ON SMELL-ENABLED PLATFORMS. Whazzat? You don't want to lose YOUR lunch.....

Where's the rest of it? Summary? Di... (none / 0) (#4)
by Pelorat on Tue May 16, 2000 at 02:58:11 PM EST

Pelorat voted -1 on this story.

Where's the rest of it? Summary? Discussion points? What is here that isn't being offered on TechJockey?

Sorry, but this one gets a 0.3 out of 10 on the Pelorat Give-A-Shit-O-Meter.

'Games can use smell machines to pr... (none / 0) (#34)
by feline on Tue May 16, 2000 at 04:41:32 PM EST

feline voted 1 on this story.

'Games can use smell machines to produce a burnt rubber...'

yay! now I don't have to go outside and spin my tires to smell that lovely aroma to get hyped up for NFS...
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'Hello sir, you don't look like someone who satisfies his wife.'

I want one of these things, when (i... (none / 0) (#39)
by Jynax on Tue May 16, 2000 at 05:21:15 PM EST

Jynax voted 1 on this story.

I want one of these things, when (if?) they become available.

Imagine the fun you could have play... (none / 0) (#37)
by JJC on Tue May 16, 2000 at 05:39:13 PM EST

JJC voted 1 on this story.

Imagine the fun you could have playing with this...

nifty link, deserves to be here (+1... (none / 0) (#19)
by confidential on Tue May 16, 2000 at 06:24:35 PM EST

confidential voted 0 on this story.

nifty link, deserves to be here (+1) think ive seen it before (-1)

Everythings well and good, until so... (3.50 / 2) (#31)
by Strongtium90 on Tue May 16, 2000 at 08:31:10 PM EST

Strongtium90 voted -1 on this story.

Everythings well and good, until someone sends a farting trojan to all the Outlook users in your office. :P PPPP UUUU

As computers become more developed,... (3.50 / 2) (#40)
by Aldis Ozols on Tue May 16, 2000 at 09:01:42 PM EST

Aldis Ozols voted 1 on this story.

As computers become more developed, they address more of our senses. Garphics displays have increased in size and colour depth, sound has been introduced, force feedback has begun to appear. More and more of our senses are being addressed, and the logical endpoint is for computers to be able to interact with all human inputs. It's an interesting step on the path to a true virtual reality.

What every IT manager should know! ... (none / 0) (#42)
by G_Man on Tue May 16, 2000 at 09:16:38 PM EST

G_Man voted 1 on this story.

What every IT manager should know! Should we refrain from posting such 'mundane' press releases? Post your comment below!

I know other people have suggested similar (none / 0) (#43)
by puppet10 on Wed May 17, 2000 at 12:07:47 AM EST

but I like my catch phrase,

Frag and sniff.


Btw I can't believe this will ever be useful enough for anyone to buy.

Re: I know other people have suggested similar (none / 0) (#45)
by rongen on Wed May 17, 2000 at 06:02:21 AM EST

Btw I can't believe this will ever be useful enough for anyone to buy.

Nothing against you, but for every sensible (!) person thinking this there are about 14 guys thinking the following: "huh, huh, pull my e-finger, huh, huh".

Sorry to be so graphic but the unwashed masses really do want to e-mail thier buddies such rank odours, as well as the scent of napalm super-imposed over quake, weed smells for pro-pot sites (okay, this might be cool) and food smells for fast food sites... Go to McDonalds online and smell the burger while you are figuring out how many calories that value-meal has... All of a sudden 685 calories doesn't seem like that much! Mu-ha-ha-ha-haaaaaa!

Ahem, well, that's my take on it all anyway...

PS: I don't want one! :)
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Spam (none / 0) (#44)
by duxup on Wed May 17, 2000 at 01:55:45 AM EST

I don't look forward to Spam using this to it's advantage!

Yes, but... (none / 0) (#46)
by DJBongHit on Wed May 17, 2000 at 07:21:51 AM EST

... does it have the proper chemicals to make my computer smell like pot? :-)

~DJBongHit

--
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or tokedot.org =) (nt) (none / 0) (#49)
by Pelorat on Wed May 17, 2000 at 11:11:23 AM EST

.

[ Parent ]
Re: Yes, but... (none / 0) (#52)
by drift on Wed May 17, 2000 at 04:21:21 PM EST


That sounds like a tremendously lucrative add-on market right there.

:)

[ Parent ]
There are... (4.00 / 1) (#47)
by Jynax on Wed May 17, 2000 at 09:11:29 AM EST

... a lot of posts on here talking about trojans that smell like horses (or what horses leave behind... :-) but I mean, really. You can turn the thing off. Also, according to the Digiscents site, the scent is only powerful enough for one or two people gathered around the computer to get a whiff of the scent, not to fill the room with nauseating smells. I don't know, maybe I'm a sap (okay, I'm definetely a sap :-) but the prospect of being able to smell the smell of freshly cut grass in the middle of february (up here in the great white north) is worth the $50-$200 this things being advertised for. It's possible to abuse it -- the thought of people who have unstoppable midi files on the personal pages comes to mind as a reasonable analogy -- but from a user end it's just as easy to turn the damn thing off, and wave your hand over it until the smell goes away.

Goodness.. Five years ago, this was a BIG joke. (none / 0) (#48)
by jabber on Wed May 17, 2000 at 09:18:32 AM EST

Seriously, I remember when DOOM was all the rage, and there was a joke floating around about Creative Labs coming out with a Sound Blaster ASP (Advanced Stench Processor) that would let you experience DOOM in all it's gory...

What's next? Computers that ACTUALLY come equipped with CUP HOLDERS??

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Been there, done that. (none / 0) (#50)
by Anonymous Hero on Wed May 17, 2000 at 01:02:12 PM EST

Way back in the day, there was a game for the Apple II called "Leather Goddesses of Phobos", an Infocom text adventure game (and a steamy one at that! whoo!) that included a card with 9 scratch & sniff circles on it. At certain points of the game, the user was given the instruction to smell a particular circle. It was a unique form of copy protection, at the least. but the smells weren't all that great, due to limitations of scratch and sniff technology of the day, I suppose.



Oooohhh, can't wait to play Hexen (1.00 / 1) (#51)
by Anonymous Hero on Wed May 17, 2000 at 04:02:23 PM EST

Imagine the burnt flesh, the dryrot, the mold. C'mon does anyone else think this is a stupid idea? Smells out the PC? Hell you can't even give away peanuts anymore on some airlines because of all the flack from those few sensitive types crying violent alergic reaction to peanut oil vapors! Picture the scene, you uncrate your shiny new PC on Xmas day, fire it up, and keel over with anaphelectic shock while your loved ones scream and cry and wonder WTF!!?

One word: P!H!E!R!O!M!O!N!E!S (none / 0) (#53)
by Anonymous Hero on Fri May 19, 2000 at 04:08:15 AM EST

Ever seen some of the stupid spam in the pr0n newzgrps? What's next, a computer that dispenses Viagra?

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