Sniffs Coming To Your Mobile Phone Soon

April 8, 2008

Can you imagine reading an article on your mobile phone about the dwindling Amazon jungle — and smelling jungle / machine scents at the same time?  Do you really want to?  What if it’s a blog post about diarrhea-y doggie doo?

A Japanese phone company, NTT DoCoMo has made it possible for mobile phone users to “download” scents to a machine that works with certain mobile phones.

NTT DoCoMo Fragrance

I’m not too sure about fragrance emitters.  It just seems too jarring to experience scents as you read or view contents via the Internet.  I’ll have to give it a try — way in the future — before I decide if I like this.

The same phone company already has technology to bring fragrances to homes and movie theaters.  And they even have a mobile phone that emits a variety of fragrances to “provide a therapeutic experience.”  That, I would like — preferably with alternating lavender, citrus, and other soothing scents …

While we’re at it, can we have mobile phones that clean / disinfect themselves?

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4 Responses to “Sniffs Coming To Your Mobile Phone Soon”

  1. Jenny Says:

    Rant alert:
    Oh, gawd. What could be crueler for the millions of Americans with fragrance sensitivities than this company’s *stupid* products??? That’s not counting people like myself who just *hate* artificial scents. This company is CRUEL.

  2. Lauren Says:

    Apparently, Japanese people really like (pleasant) smells. I have a friend who recently visited the Tokyo area and reported back that the toilets have 4 buttons on them – one for music (to cover any ahem, human noises), one to spray water, one to warm the seat, and one to spray air freshener.

  3. proudgeek Says:

    Jenny – very good point! This would only make life even more intolerable for those with multiple chemical sensitivity as well as those (like me at times) that tear up from a particularly pungent (sp?) scent.

    Lauren – how civilized and cultured! Really puts our bathrooms – ahem, toilet rooms – to shame. Remember all those gym locker rooms we had to survey? They could really benefit from this!


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