Cell Phone? Or Smell Phone?

Can you imagine being able to download “his” cologne fragrance or that new baby smell directly to your cell phone?

That time may be here.

Earlier this week, according to the Washington Post, NTT Communications announced it's running a ten-day trial starting April 10 of its new Mobile Fragrance Communication service (Kaori Tshshi Mobile), the mobile version of a service, which in Japan is already used in homes and movie theaters.

A downloaded fragrance signal is sent from your cell phone to a base station that will emit the scent.

“Twenty participants using ‘Mobile Fragrance Communications’ can download files of specific scents accompanied by music or video clips,” according to NNT. You will also be able to share your “Fragrance Playlists” with others who subscribe to the service.

Source: Washington Post

What do you think? Would you download scents to your phone? What scents would you download?

Apr 11, 2008
by Ben Arnold
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I can't think of a reason I would want to use this...  If companies start providing too much stimulation for too many of a human's senses, nothing will be left to our imaginations.  I like to imagine the scent of an orange grove or pine forests while I'm doing something like reading or watching TV.

 I can't imagine that I would download scents to my phone, ever.