DigiScents (smellable Internet) coming to the
September 15, 2000, 7:00 am
One of the most innovative, and undoubtedly head-turning (or
should that be nose turning?) devices to hit the hi-tech industry
will soon be making its way to the Macintosh platform. DigiScents, a
hardware/software combination, that actually generates physical
scents based on programmed web content, will soon be compatible with
the Mac OS.
"Yes, we plan on making our iSmell technology compatible with the
Macintosh platform," Brian Nelson, Public Relations Associate for
DigiScents Inc. told MacCentral. However, Nelson could not confirm a
definite date for shipment of a Macintosh version.
The DigiScents solution uses a device called iSmell, a "personal
scent synthesizer." The iSmell attaches to the serial or USB port of
your computer and plugs into a standard electrical outlet. The
iSmell emits naturally based vapors into the user's personal space.
The device is triggered either by user activation (like a mouse
click) or a timed response (as is the case with a DVD ScentTrack).
According to Nelson, the technology will allow users to send
scented mail, to smell 'n shop, to watch scented DVDs and play
What kind of smells can be emitted by the iSmell device? "Just
about anything you can imagine," says Nelson.
The device works by using small cartridges with various scented
chemicals. Like an inkjet printer, the cartridges are simply removed
and replaced when the chemicals have been depleted. Nelson claims
that the cartridges contain natural materials commonly found in the
cosmetics, foods and beverages.
DigiScents is currently offering a ScentWare Developers Kit,
which includes the tools required to create scent-enabled content
and media. The SDK includes ReminiScents Database of ScentObjects,
iSmell API and Drivers, and ScentStream Player and Server.
Once the product is available on the Mac platform, consumers will
be able to use the ScentMixer Scent Creation Software, which allows
you to create your own scents.
Watch for more information soon regarding tentative release dates
for the Macintosh version of the DigiScents solution.
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