What Does the Web Smell Like? We May Be About to Find Out

In the early 1960’s, the film industry toyed breifly with the idea of Smell-O-Vision, pumping scents into movie theaters to enhance the viewing experience. Alas, it was an idea whose time had not yet come. We don’t know if the present is any better a time for such an innovation, but Japan’s NTT seems to think it might be. By attaching a funky little orb peripheral to your PC, the company is enabling smell-enhanced web surfing. This is’t actually the first time we’ve seen prototypes of internet scenting devices, but this is the first one that looks like it might actually go to market (at a retail price of $640). We just hate to imagine what porn sites are going to do with this technology.

[Via Akihabara]

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