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German Firms Patent Scented Text Messaging

timothy posted more than 6 years ago | from the no-caller-id-tie-in-please dept.

Cellphones 127

praps writes "Two German companies have patented technology for sending scented text messages between mobile phones. The chip, which carries a range of around 100 pre-defined scents, has been developed by the Institute of Sensory Analysis and interactive services firm Convisual and will be on the market in one to two years. Naturally, the makers think that the chip will be used for sending pleasant odors to friends and family — vanilla, rose and Christmas cinnamon are on the list — but surely the claim to be able to send 'the smell of the beach and sunshine' is a little optimistic? SMS stink bombs cannot be far away."

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OK, someone's gotta say it (2, Insightful)

Critical Facilities (850111) | more than 6 years ago | (#23261966)

How long until the first goatse.cx text troll (complete with odiferous enhancement)?

Let me be the first (1)

wireloose (759042) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262026)

I fart in your general direction!

Re:Let me be the first (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23262088)

"I have some really bad gas...would you mind texting me cinnamon every few minutes?"

Re:Let me be the first (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23262920)

I fart in your general direction!
Perhaps it is better to smell of elderberries then.

Re:OK, someone's gotta say it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23262782)

So, how long will it take apple to add this to the iPhone? Apple users should like it as long as it can do the smell of astroglide and semen.

Re:OK, someone's gotta say it (1)

papershark (1181249) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262874)

'The Beach'!! i wonder if Kramer will sue?

Re:OK, someone's gotta say it (1)

electrictroy (912290) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262962)

Heh. :-)

This is really nothing new. Mattel tried to provide an enhancement to their game consoles back in the 80s. They called it:

Insmellivision.

I had one of those! (1)

filthpickle (1199927) | more than 6 years ago | (#23263238)

My favorite game was Smelltopia, they really did a fantastic job of recreating the smell of a rainstorm....and the burning building/gunpowder smell when the rebels would appear was amazing.

Re:OK, someone's gotta say it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23263000)

Along a similar line of thinking, would somebody tag this story with "BrownNote"?

Prior art? (1)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 6 years ago | (#23261974)

Mobile phones have been stinking for decades.

Re:Prior art? (1)

InlawBiker (1124825) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262692)

My little brother and I were scent-messaging each other a long time ago.

Re:Prior art? (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 6 years ago | (#23264038)

Nonono, that was the guy, not the phone. Though I'm sure certain ringtones will make you insanely popular, especially in public transport...

Fragrance supplies (1)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 6 years ago | (#23261980)

Call it "ink" or "toner" or whatever... there's going to be a refill-needing part that each phone with this tech is going to need. Instant goldmine.

Re:Fragrance supplies (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262128)

Well, I can imagine many people will decidedly not buy a refill after having "enjoyed" too many smelly messages.

However "this message smells fishy" will get a whole new meaning ...

Re:Fragrance supplies (1)

BazilBBrush (1259370) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262656)

Yeah you get an sms from your chicky babe telling you to haul arse round here right now, along with her own special bottled funk.

You rock up, along with 50 other intent looking guys, to find out she hit "Reply All"...

Re:Fragrance supplies (1)

Dmala (752610) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262340)

The early models will only have one cartridge, so when you run out of "fart", you'll have to throw out "vanilla", "cinnamon", and "burning tires" as well. Second gen will introduce individual cartridges as well as "high resolution" smells, so instead of just plain "fart", you'll get "beer fart", "burrito fart", "dog fart", "SBD", etc.

Re:Fragrance supplies (1)

JDWTopGuy (209256) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262472)

Normally, that would just be funny... but considering this comes from germany... it's scary.

Scented german mobile phone sheisse videos?

Re:Fragrance supplies (1)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262564)

Scented german mobile phone sheisse videos?

"Mom, if you were ever in a scented German mobile phone sheisse video, you'd tell me, right?"
"Goodnight Eric."

They'll call it stINK (1)

nadamucho (1063238) | more than 6 years ago | (#23263734)

The answer was sitting under your nose the whole time...

Will anyone use this? (1)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 6 years ago | (#23261984)

My cheap Nokia already comes with a bunch of bitmap images that can be sent as SMS, flowers, hearts, smiley faces, etc. I've never actually used them, and no one has even, in many years of heavy mobile phone use, sent one to me. Obviously there's demand for sending text you've written, photos you've written, and ringtones other people want, but I just can't imagine a market for mobile smellovision.

Re:Will anyone use this? (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262144)

Sending smells you've created yourself? :-)

Re:Will anyone use this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23263188)

agreed ... some marketing major went overboard with this one... The smelling market? Really?

Re:Will anyone use this? (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 6 years ago | (#23264146)

You are above the age of 12, I guess.

Me, myself I even rarely use text messages. It was invented after I was young. Usually, I make a call. I do text information that has to be written down anyway (like addresses or phone numbers), or when information has to be relayed immediately and I can't talk for various reasons. Else, I make a call.

Some people I know almost exclusively text. They grew up with text enabled phones, it's their primary means of communication. My guess is that picture messages is something that the 12-16 crowd uses mostly, and scent based messages will also be used primarily by younger people who grew up with them.

It is most likely just a gimmick for most applications, though. People are primarily visual, so there was a ready acceptance for picture messages. Scent is a rather secondary sense for us humans, we rely on eyes and ears mostly to relay information.

Re:Will anyone use this? (1)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 6 years ago | (#23264316)

What country are you in? In most of Europe, SMS is so cheap and voice calls so comparatively expensive that SMS is popular among all generations. The only people I know who regularly make voice calls have very well-paying jobs.

hmm (1)

OrochimaruVoldemort (1248060) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262012)

so, can we detect it with the smelloscope?

Is there *really* a market for this??? (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262020)

Hell, it's hard enough to find a phone nowadays which isn't trying to do 10 things badly.

My 7 year old Motorolla T720 is a really good phone in that I always have coverage in fairly rural areas, and in places where other people don't get coverage.

When I replace it, I want something which is going to continue to have good service. A camera, I don't want since my provider is going to use it as a means to gouge me as I try to download the images -- well, that and the fact that I already own four cameras. An MP3 player, I don't want. Smello-o-messaging, I sure as hell don't want.

I must say, sometimes I just shake my head at the absurdity of what people want to put into phones.

Can anyone recommend a good phone which works with Rogers service here in Canada, which doesn't cost an arm and a leg, gets good service, and doesn't have all these wiz-bang features? Because when I look, you go from the cheap-o POS phones, to the uber-expensive phones with features I consider fluff. Do they make good, single purpose phones any more?

Cheers

Re:Is there *really* a market for this??? (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262298)

Honestly you need to actuallt research phones when you buy them. Too many people go int oa store and point while screaming "I WANT THAT SHINEY!!!"

Every phone I have owned I can easily upload mp3's as ringtones, downloaded the images from the camera, and uploaded my own stuff to it, etc.. I laugh hard at the fools that buy phones that are locked up tight so that you have to buy everything.

Research the phones, buy what you want. My blackjack has a good enough camera that makes it a great tool for my job. Some people never need to send a photo back to someone for work, I do because I found it makes communication better when discussing needs with clients.

The phones you want are out there, you will NOT find them in the cellphone stores or on the cellphone website of your carrier. you have to pay full price for them instead of getting it free with a 4 year contract.

Re:Is there *really* a market for this??? (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262440)

Honestly you need to actuallt research phones when you buy them.

Yeah, I know. I'm getting close to the point where I'll need to replace my current phone. In my experience, trying to research cell phones is one of the most tedious and annoying things going -- it's almost as annoying as trying to compare plans between cell-phone providers, it's like comparing apples to lychee nuts. :-P

Every phone I have owned I can easily upload mp3's as ringtones, downloaded the images from the camera, and uploaded my own stuff to it, etc.. I laugh hard at the fools that buy phones that are locked up tight so that you have to buy everything.

Yeah, my phone is (theoretically) web capable. A co-worker once did some research to conclude that Rogers had manipulated the phone in such a way as to ensure the actual used bandwidth was twice what it needed to be as they put their server in the middle.

As far as buying ring tones and all that goes ... again, so completely off my radar as to be not considered as a feature. I just can't fathom why I'd even do it.

The phones you want are out there, you will NOT find them in the cellphone stores or on the cellphone website of your carrier. you have to pay full price for them instead of getting it free with a 4 year contract.

Oh, I've resigned myself to paying full-price for it. But, unless you've already done research into phones, it's sort of tough to start and get the right background and buzzwords and the like to be able to know enough to know what you're looking for.

Oh well, I guess I'll have to bit the bullet before too long.

Cheers

Re:Is there *really* a market for this??? (1)

InlawBiker (1124825) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262726)

I just went through a bunch of research, I spread-sheeted the whole thing by accumulating ratings and a feature list. I came to the conclusion that all cellphones still suck in one way or another. So I picked the 2 most important features to me and went with it. They were: voice quality and battery life.

It turned out my 3 year old Nokia was just perfect.

Re:Is there *really* a market for this??? (1)

poetmatt (793785) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262746)

Researching your phone is very easy

go to howardforums.com and scour their forums for info regarding either the brand of phone or by service provider.

Not only that, but they show you how to unlock most phones that come locked by default from the cellphone service providers.

Why pay for downloading cameraphone images (as crappy as they are anyway), when you can do it for free?

I use a nokia E61i and a motorola K1m krzr, neither are exactly obtuse phones to find.

Re:Is there *really* a market for this??? (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 6 years ago | (#23263742)

go to howardforums.com and scour their forums for info regarding either the brand of phone or by service provider.

Thank you, that looks like a great starting point.

I use a nokia E61i and a motorola K1m krzr, neither are exactly obtuse phones to find.

Yeah, I've been happy with my T720, so if I can find a Motorolla phone which will allow me to transfer over my GSM card, that might be the route I go.

Cheers

Re:Is there *really* a market for this??? (1)

poetmatt (793785) | more than 6 years ago | (#23264084)

There is truly a wealth of information as well as wealth of information on what plan to get, and things like that...good search functionality and a website that is mobile-phone friendly (of course).

Example: I pay a total of 36$/month including tax, and have unlimited phonecalls and internet use with a ton of text messages that I don't use, via a blackberry plan on the E61i (which I don't use anything blackberry), which I am cancelling the service on the other phone for....a plan I found via their forums specifically.

Re:Is there *really* a market for this??? (1)

rhartness (993048) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262902)

Answer the orginal commenter--

Duh, Japan! This thing will be Mega-Godzilla-Happy-Fun-HUGE over there.

German Stink Bombs (1)

aquatone282 (905179) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262024)

Just spend a summer in the Hunsruck [wikipedia.org] , where the honey wagons spread the previous winter's manure collection on the fields.

Although, I have to admit, when it comes to stink, nothing beats an open sewer line in summertime Korea.

Re:German Stink Bombs (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262176)

Just spend a summer in the Hunsruck [wikipedia.org], where the honey wagons spread the previous winter's manure collection on the fields.

I don't know about this specific instance, but in my experience, I'd rather be exposed to fresh manure than many colognes or industrial smells (or dumpsters near restaurants).

Then again, from just driving by, I don't overly object to the smell of skunk, so maybe I have a strange sense of smell. :-P [ And, no, I've never been near 'ground zero', I'm sure it's a lot worse ]

Cheers

Re:German Stink Bombs (1)

SatanicPuppy (611928) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262530)

Skunk is no fun if you really get nailed, but a lot of hunters use skunk-scent to fool prey animals' sense of smell...It's definitely possible to get used to it.

I'm with you regarding perfume/cologne...More than a little and my eyes itch and water. Walking past a "Bath and Bodyworks" is a test of olfactory endurance.

Re:German Stink Bombs (1)

ShannaraFan (533326) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262220)

> spread the previous winter's manure collection on the fields

That's call "country air", and sometimes there's nothing finer.

Re:German Stink Bombs (1)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262616)

Ever been to Decatur, Illinois [wikipedia.org] , home of ADM [wikipedia.org] , whose corporate motto is "breadbasket to the world"?

Decatur smells like someone killed a pig, let the carcass rot, threw it on a pile of pigshit, covered it with sugar and set it on fire.

It's not as bad as Sauget [wikipedia.org] (1/2 mile south of East St Louis, Il) used to be when I was a kid. When it was 100 degrees F and no car air conditioning you would roll your windows up driving up or down highway 3 because of Monsanto, Cerro Copper, and the other toxic industries there.

Actually I haven't been through Decatur in ten years, maybe they've cleaned it up a bit? Nah, Bush is President and Blago [wikipedia.org] is governor (will be federal Prisoner after leaving office), no way it smells better.

I doubt these stupid new phones' scent capabilities will even be useable in a place like your Hunsruck or our Decatur. It would be like watching TV with a searchlight on top of it pointed at your eyes.

I think (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262028)

This technology dies after the first lawsuit from someone going into anaphylactic shock due to hypersensitivity to one of the chemicals used to generate the scent from the phone of the guy in the other row at the movie theatre.

Re:I think (1)

Magee_MC (960495) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262370)

You're absolutely right. The first time that someone texts a peanut butter and jelly sandwich smell to someone and the kid one seat over on the bus dies from his peanut allergy will be the end of this phone. This doesn't even consider how many workplaces that have scent/perfume/cologne restrictions and would ban the phone. What use is a cell phone if you can't bring it anywhere? This is another bad idea that is going to end up costing the investors a large chunk of change if it even makes it into production.

Re:I think (1)

itsthebin (725864) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262596)

or the sniffer dogs are set off at the airport etc

Re:I think (1)

zentinal (602572) | more than 6 years ago | (#23264004)

Bad practical joke. Text "cannibis" or "C4" to your friends just as they enter an airport terminal. Hilarity ensues. Then suing ensues.

"Find a need and fill it" (1)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262034)

Yeah, this will really go over well. You take your phone to the bach and call somebody and they smell a generic, articifial "almost like a real yet generic" beach smell.

Uh huh.

One dimwitted company came up with this a few years ago (ten?) with the PC, now we all have internet smells enabled on our PCs. Yep.

But what do I know? I predicted that quadraphonics [wikipedia.org] was a stupid idea, since a $500 quadraphonic sound system didn't sound as good as a $250 stereo system (you need twice as many of everything), yet "5.1 surround sound" eventually happened a quarter of a century later.

Re:"Find a need and fill it" (1)

kyriosdelis (1100427) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262070)

You take your phone to the bach
Please keep your phones switched off during the concert...

Re:"Find a need and fill it" (1)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262262)

Damned cheap keyboards thay make these days! Now if I was on a phone, instead of "bach" you would have heard a far easier to understand message. Like "Yeah [sshhsht] well You [KKKKKKKkkkkkkrumble] phoney [chchchshshshhshh] to the bitch and call [crackle] and they smell [pssht] articifial [pshtpshtpsht] bleach smell."

Ot conversely,

"@ bch cul8tr"

Re:"Find a need and fill it" (1)

rossdee (243626) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262550)

In The North Island of NZ, a bach is a summer cottage, like on a lake or seaside.

Krank Yankers (1)

bluemetal (1269852) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262042)

Krank calls just got a whole lot worse...

SCREW that (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23262044)

I wouldn't want to be the victim of stink bombs from my phone. I know a lot of people hate me LOL. I would tear out the scent chip, or the chemicals it uses for sure.

Stinky phone: this story 1 month too late! (1)

MessyBlob (1191033) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262050)

This is our May Fool joke. Who would permit stinkies to come from their own phone, let alone re-order the package that makes the smell?

I smell a marketing exercise, designed to bring attention to the technology for other purposes. I suspect the real applications would not capture the public imagination, but instead be used in the retail and advertiing sector: sponsored phones, perhaps?

Re:Stinky phone: this story 1 month too late! (1)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262722)

This is our May Fool joke.

Yes, in case you folks missed it, April Fool's Day was postponed [uncyclopedia.org] .

1 April 2008

WASHINGTON, DC -- Congress has passed a bill officially postponing April Fool's Day, originally on April 1, to May 1. Additionally, pranks on the traditional date will be a federal and capital offense punishable by death.

Naturally, pranksters and liars all over the United States are flabbergasted, shocked, and whining.

President George W. Bush said, "This is a national blasphemy to a major Western celebration, and I will veto this bill... APRIL FOOL!", attempting a poor April Fool's prank, and subsequently signing the bill into effect.

I. M. Luvinitt, of Kansas City, not in Kansas, says, "March 31, 2008 is a date which will live in infamy. Yesterday Congress attacked pranksters, liars, and mischief-causing brats -- a vital and necessary part of our society."
There is more in the linked article, which pretty much stinks on its own even without a new phone or a burning pig covered in sugar.

Yay! Wireless Smellophones! (1)

Reality Master 201 (578873) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262098)

Finally, something truly innovative! Finally, a patent I can heartily endorse!

Here's hoping it winds up locked in patent battles for the next 20 or so years.

Re:Yay! Wireless Smellophones! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23263558)

I just hope they'll publish a non-enforcement pledge for the smelly feet and body odor scents.

This would allow a non-infringing F/OSS implementation.

Smell-o-vision! (1)

Drunken_Piper (1232578) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262130)

Users insert nostril tubes now. This could have been the next step. But apparently this was already done way back in 1960 for the film, Scent of Mystery. I think this cell phone will last as long as the Scent of Mystery did. All 125 minutes.

Think about it... (1)

PortHaven (242123) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262136)

Now you can have "Silent but deadly" ring tones!

Re:Think about it... (1)

I_C_Weener (1256488) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262478)

Aren't you going to answer it? No. Some butt keeps calling.

Re:Think about it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23262926)

Now you can have "Silent but deadly" ring tones!
> "Sniff, sniff... Good sir, I think your phone is ringing."

> "That was not my phone..."

Other Smell Options (1)

Thyamine (531612) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262192)

My first thought was how wrong this could go with someone coming out with the 'Adult Only' version of scents.

Friend 1: Wat r u doing?

Friend 2: hehe guess *smell*

Friend 3: OMG!!1! BLUSH

WFT? Dumb, dumb, dumb... (1)

ShannaraFan (533326) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262198)

This has to be one of the dumbest things I've read about today. No, actually I think it's THE dumbest thing I've read today, and I've been at work for three hours already. Why is this necessary?

Sunshine (1)

Kenoli (934612) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262226)

I love the smell of the sun.

This sounds familiar (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23262240)

From last year:

Motorola's mobile smell-o-phone, April 2007 [newscientist.com]

Missing feature.... (1)

xgr3gx (1068984) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262248)

They should also add a cheap, clean, renewable energy source.
Nah - that's useless. Let's make it so you can text farts!

sample exchange, 2012: (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262252)

d00d, sc3nt txt me quik

wut up?

dropd m fon n da toilet, need u 2 txt me lysol

no lysol. febr33z. m gf sez i need

d00d i dont care, just dload lysol, quik

okok, hold on ...

sh1t, copypaste wut m fon sez "Dear TmobileVerizon Subscriber: The German RIAA has placed an embargo on all German media content on this cell number, including ScentFon modules, due to unauthorized content access via FonTorrent."

fukmi!!!

d00d, its da st00pid techno song u told me to dload last time!!!

fukmi!!!

Hundescheisse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23262266)

Hundescheisse is my personal favorite scent!
  It alzo prevents theft of the phone by others when users are not downwind of it.

Spam (1)

GottliebPins (1113707) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262268)

Ahhh, the smell of canned spam.

Beach Smell (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23262290)

The "smell of the beach" is dimethyl sulfide ... http://www.sciam.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=A6B58AF1-E7F2-99DF-33107754E479BA4E

If I get texts from slutty girls (1)

Ilan Volow (539597) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262338)

will my phone smell like Gonorrhea?

Re:If I get texts from slutty girls (1)

AutopsyReport (856852) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262482)

Tell your sister to text me and I would be happy to share the results with you.

lemme know when... (1)

sdnoob (917382) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262386)

it can actually capture and transmit any scent.

imagine being able to call your _______ (politician, boss, ex; fill in the blank) and finally be able to truly express how you feel about them, where mere words just won't do.

Whoopee Cushion / Nasty Message Usage Example (1)

imyy4u2 (1275398) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262412)

>Send *fart*
>BRAAAAAP *strong smell comes from man's pants*
>"Ewww! Gross! This is the worst date ever!" *man's date leaves*
>*friends laugh*


Alternatively...
>*woman sends nasty message to man*
>*sniff sniff* "Does it smell like chicken in here?"

New level of pranking... (1)

Caste11an (898046) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262420)

I can already smell the goatse links......

oh no.... (1)

mezron (132274) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262466)

"Naturally, the makers think that the chip will be used for sending pleasant odors to friends and family"

I've got bad news for them...

Apple's Version (1)

emeri1md (935883) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262470)

Is the iSmell far behind?

for most slashdotters.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23262486)

it will be the first and only way they will ever smell the scent of PU55Y!

Oh great... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23262510)

Give the slashdot regulars even more reason not to bathe. Now they'll just have their mom's text them instead.

Personally, I Think this Patent (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23262518)

just stinks.

Movies... (1)

KGIII (973947) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262538)

I believe, I'm 99% certain at any rate, that they tried this idea with movies in the past and they failed because they... Well... They stunk. Meaning that the scents just piled on and added too each other so that there weren't any real "normal" scents any more but rather just a giant pile of stink. Sort of like trying to use all the crayons and ending up with a mess. I rooted for a link but I can't recall the name of the movie.

Re:Movies... (1)

edraven (45764) | more than 6 years ago | (#23263706)

I've always assumed this was a William Castle thing, because it's really his style, but the invention you're refering to is apparently called Smell-O-Vision [wikipedia.org] and was never used in a Castle film.

It's the next CAPTCHA (1)

Dekortage (697532) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262604)

"Please sniff your cell phone, then choose the correct answer from the following list: (a) cinnamon; (b) roses; (c) french fries; (d) fart; (e) toe jam. If you have a cold or other scent-challenging medical condition, click here to hear an audio version of your sound."

Text messages of the future (1)

ciaohound (118419) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262610)

"omg hu ct 1?"
"he hu smlt it dlt it"

Ring Tones (1)

Xarin (320264) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262686)

Does this mean that scented ring tones will be next? I guess instead of vibrate we can just set the phone to silent but deadly.

Bad patent or not? (1)

gubachwa (716303) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262688)

I've read TFA, but I'm confused about what actually got patented. It would make more sense if the patent was related to the chip they're developing as opposed to the use of the chip in a mobile phone. In the former case, the possible applications are extremely broad. Think online games and virtual reality. Imagine playing WoW and having scents recreated for you by a chip in your computer as you wander the landscape.

However, from TFA, it sounds like the patent is more narrow than this. That is, it's specifically about sending the scent in a mobile phone. To me, this seems absurd -- why narrow your patent to one application, when your technology is applicable in many other places? Besides this, when you send a scent, all the phone is doing is sending a representation of the scent (i.e., a command) to the receiver. Such an obvious mechanism seems hardly worth patenting.

Re:Bad patent or not? (1)

szyzyg (7313) | more than 6 years ago | (#23263430)

Well technically with the amount of digital compression on modern media, those photos, videos and sound clips that people already send are merely representations of the original.

Re:Bad patent or not? (1)

gubachwa (716303) | more than 6 years ago | (#23263750)

The original article says:

... there will be about 100 different prefabricated scents on the chip for customers to choose from.
My interpretation of this was that you choose a scent from this list of 100 scents, the 'id' for that scent is sent to the receiver, and then the scent is generated at the receiver based on the id.

So this is very different from photos, videos, and sound clips being sent.

Patents Stink (1)

istartedi (132515) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262758)

Enough said.

Yes! (1)

the pickle (261584) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262762)

Hopefully they'll charge exorbitant licencing fees for this patent, protecting us from the stench of Smelly Message Service for another 17 years.

p

Sniff, sniff (1)

Noexit (107629) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262800)

Hey, I smell sex and candy!

Heh... (1)

Uncle Focker (1277658) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262822)

This could definitely lead to some interesting implications for people cybering.

Patent Scented (1)

batquux (323697) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262862)

What does a patent smell like, anyway?

ShipaTurd (1)

greysunrise (1261960) | more than 6 years ago | (#23262982)

First Shipaturd, now this? Damn Democrats.

Ugggh (1)

PalmKiller (174161) | more than 6 years ago | (#23263024)

That is the most useless crap I have ever heard of, I can't believe they spent research money on that, its gotta have a back door kill recipient scent or something. Well I am probably biased as I have turned off messaging on my service because I don't want them popping up and annoying me. I find that if its important they will take time to make a voice call.

Damn! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23263282)

Does this ruin my chances to beat Prof. Farnsworth to create the first smelloscope by a thousand years?

Add Aroma To The Social Media list (1)

szyzyg (7313) | more than 6 years ago | (#23263392)

We have flickr [flickr.com] for sharing photos, youtube [youtube.com] for sharing video, imeem [imeem.com] for sharing music I should get in early and register youaroma.com

Re:Add Aroma To The Social Media list (1)

edraven (45764) | more than 6 years ago | (#23263544)

Better yet, yousmell.com. :)

Digiscent (1)

jason777 (557591) | more than 6 years ago | (#23263764)

I was really excited about DigiScent's iSmell product (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ismell [wikipedia.org] ) that never seemed to gain momemtum.
You have scent cartriges (kind of like print cartridges) and the unit can generate smells. Neat idea.

all the bad smell remarks aside.... (1)

3seas (184403) | more than 6 years ago | (#23263784)

... wouldn't it be more likely to find such chip technology in room oder fighting plugins (to the wall socket)?

Text the scent of (1)

Organic Brain Damage (863655) | more than 6 years ago | (#23263824)

a 16 year old girl...

They already send photos of their vaginas, why not smell too?

I fart in your general direction (1)

sootman (158191) | more than 6 years ago | (#23263988)

*send*

Text Message Spam? (1)

zifn4b (1040588) | more than 6 years ago | (#23264256)

Will all phones come pre-loaded with a spam scent? I already get enough text message spam as it is but now I'm going to get... SCENTED text message spam? The scent cartridges would have to be refilled constantly in order to be remotely useful. Uh, I think I'll pass on this one. :p

Please - by the Beard of Zeus - NO! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23264388)

Jesus Christ. If this tech actually gets implemented - which I sincerely hope never happens - I'd hate to be in a classroom or a commuter train/bus when SMS msgs arrive. Imagine the stench of 100 commingled scents.
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