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The Scent Rhythm Watch Tells Time By Releasing Fragrances

samzenpus posted about 8 months ago | from the smells-like-dinner-time dept.

Technology 79

Zothecula writes "Glancing at a clock face in one form or another has been the de facto way to measure the passage of time. Aisen Caro Chacin though, is exploring a different perspective. She wants to give everyone the ability to tell time using their noses. Her chemical-based watch called the Scent Rhythm emits specially-designed fragrances in minute doses, in tune with circadian cycle of the human body. You get a fragrance of coffee in the morning, the smell of money in the afternoon, a relaxing whiskey scent in the evening, and a soothing chamomile fragrance at night. More than being merely pleasant, each chemically-supplemented scent aims to induce action appropriate to the time of day; the caffeine in the coffee scent for example, aims to trigger the person into being more active."

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I would smash it (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46116213)

I don't want to smell other people's scent watches all the time. What if everyone had one? I wonder if you could play a joke and replace the coffee scent with fart scent.

Re:I would smash it (2)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about 8 months ago | (#46116241)

Or spray some chamomile scent and watch everyone fall asleep.

Re:I would smash it (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46116265)

FTFS:"...in tune with circadian cycle of the human body. [...] each chemically-supplemented scent aims to induce action appropriate to the time of day"

Bull
Fucking
Shit

This submission takes the cake for pointless slashvertisement that insults even the most advanced dimwitted slashdotter's meager intelligence. Fucking low.

Re:I would smash it (1)

koan (80826) | about 8 months ago | (#46116793)

Probably the authors girl friend...

advanced dimwitted

*chortle*

Re:I would smash it (1)

dreamchaser (49529) | about 8 months ago | (#46116865)

Yes, it reeks of gimmick to me too.

Re:I would smash it (1)

Quirkz (1206400) | about 8 months ago | (#46120445)

Ha ha. I've got to hand it to you for that one. I don't know whether to clock you or chime in with a pun of my one.

Re:I would smash it (1)

dreamchaser (49529) | about 8 months ago | (#46120559)

You've got plenty of time to come up with something that doesn't stink.

Re:I would smash it (1)

msauve (701917) | about 8 months ago | (#46117103)

It's obvious the inventor is too stupid to be able to tell morning, day, evening and night apart without a watch.

Re:I would smash it (1)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about 8 months ago | (#46119239)

No no, I think this could work. Stale pizza and beer in the morning to get to you eat breakfast, followed exhaust gas when you need to commute. Nicotine incense every hour to remind you to have a smoking break. Intense BO about 6PM so you take a shower after work, followed by some rotting fish to put you off your evening meal and encourage weight loss. Finally more BO to remind you to change the bedsheets.

Who wouldn't want something like that?

Re:I would smash it (1)

RabidReindeer (2625839) | about 8 months ago | (#46119917)

FTFS:"...in tune with circadian cycle of the human body. [...] each chemically-supplemented scent aims to induce action appropriate to the time of day"

Jack Vance?

Somewhere out beyond the Gaean Reach...

Re:I would smash it (1)

flyneye (84093) | about 8 months ago | (#46118709)

Or chocolate chip cookies and listen to everyones belly churn.

Re:I would smash it (1)

mlts (1038732) | about 8 months ago | (#46116259)

I assume the fart scent means quittin' time, or would be that the mid-afternoon scent after lunch?

Re:I would smash it (1)

TheRealQuestor (1750940) | about 8 months ago | (#46116611)

I assume the fart scent means quittin' time, or would be that the mid-afternoon scent after lunch?

I thought that would be the elevator smell. Oh wait, maybe that's just when "I" ride the elevators.

Re:I would smash it (1)

koan (80826) | about 8 months ago | (#46116795)

It's actually coffee scent :30

Re:I would smash it (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46116345)

I don't want to smell other people's scent watches all the time. What if everyone had one? I wonder if you could play a joke and replace the coffee scent with fart scent.

The fart scent is already reserved to tell you when to take a dump.

Re:I would smash it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46116399)

, a relaxing whiskey scent in the evening

Ted are you drinking on the job?

No, it's my watch I swear!!!

Fart Watch (1)

mrmeval (662166) | about 8 months ago | (#46117017)

I'd fill mine with cadaverine and mercaptan then put it near the desk of the woman that bathes and gargles in Emerude, cause she cooks up the bacon and brings it home like a man.

Re:I would smash it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46118705)

PEEEYOU! Time to take a shit!

Smells like... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46116233)

Time for a shower when my timex smells like ass.

Smell that gets me up in the morning (1)

t0qer (230538) | about 8 months ago | (#46116245)

C-C-C-C-COCAINE!

may i? (1)

turkeydance (1266624) | about 8 months ago | (#46116289)

the scent of a woman.....

Re:may i? (2)

Cryacin (657549) | about 8 months ago | (#46116423)

Eu de Poisson?

Re:may i? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46116451)

for bedtime, I suppose. To remind you of your mom tucking you in, before shutting off the basement light.

Re:may i? (1)

ChunderDownunder (709234) | about 8 months ago | (#46116625)

In Fetishist Japan scent watches YOU!

DO NOT WANT (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46116299)

I've got multiple allergies and chemical sensitivities, you insensitive clod!

Re: DO NOT WANT (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46116337)

Word. I have perfume allergies and scent sensitive autism. Sooo either way bad news.

Re: DO NOT WANT (1)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | about 8 months ago | (#46120025)

Scent sensitive autisim? I'm not familiar with that. Could you explain what that means in more detail? Do your Autisim symptoms become worse with strong scents? Or is scent sensitivity a symptom of your autisim?

Re: DO NOT WANT (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46120823)

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=scent+sensitive+autism&l=1

Scent sensitivity is just one aspect (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46125723)

One of the key things about most autistic people (probably all but it's only recently one of the diagnostic criteria) is a problem with filtering certain sensory stimuli. A person with autism will find some stimuli very pleasant and others distracting at best and often quite distressing. This is why kids having issues with tags in clothing or scratchy fabrics or weird or picky eating habits is one of the early diagnostic signs.

In addition to other sensory issues (glare when driving, understanding speech in echoey environments etc) and sensory talents (seeing reflections in things with lower specularity than most would be able to perceive, hearing changes in a computer's activity), I have differences in olfactory perception. Specifically, I just don’t smell some flowers that I am told are quite pleasant, I find it very distracting to be in the same room with someone with a fungal infection no matter how small, , and being in the same building when someone uses truffle salt or truffle oil gives me an instant headache and shutdown.

Imagine visiting a foreign culture where you barely understand the language and customs and have been shown multiple times (by beatings) that the people there are actively hostile to anyone who doesn't fit in. So you have to actively and consciously think about every word you say and every microexpression you make because sometimes even smiling means something offensive. Add on top of that that you look weaker than you really are because everybody else walks around flexing their muscles ALL the time and some people are actively targeting the weak. Add on top of that a pattern, texture, sound or smell that you CAN’T ignore and is very distracting.

So yeah, I have scent sensitive autism, which is not a type of autism because I also have sight, sound, and touch sensitive autism. But this discussion is about something that intentionally adds smells.

Penfield mood organ? (1)

dbIII (701233) | about 8 months ago | (#46116347)

Probably a good idea but for some reason it makes me think of a woman throwing a goat off the roof.

These have been around for 1000 years already (2, Interesting)

Fluffeh (1273756) | about 8 months ago | (#46116353)

Seriously, the Chinese had pretty much this [wikipedia.org] from the mid 900's.

Re:These have been around for 1000 years already (1)

icebike (68054) | about 8 months ago | (#46116559)

Yeah, not quite the same thing.

That one fills your living room.
The scent watch just looks ridiculous on your wrist.

Chimes (1)

Etherwalk (681268) | about 8 months ago | (#46117415)

Yeah, the clock face being de facto is also a bit limited--there are plenty of places (probably mostly colleges) where clocktowers toll the hour or chime the quarter-hour marks. Really we can tell time with any sense we want--I'm sure there are braile watches, for example.

So the Colorado version... (1)

mattydont (849321) | about 8 months ago | (#46116361)

Just smells like marijuana all the time ?

Re:So the Colorado version... (1)

Cryacin (657549) | about 8 months ago | (#46116433)

It's twenty past four all day long.

I can't smell (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46116367)

I have a cold. What time is it?

No need for this (3, Funny)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | about 8 months ago | (#46116369)

I already have scents that tell me the time:

- Morning farts tell me it's time to get up
- The company's secretary's overpowering patchouli perfume tells me it's past 10 am (and that she's late to work again)
- Greasy odors from the fish and chips next door tell me it's almost noon
- Beer burps from my bro tell me it's past 4pm
- Burnt smells from my wife's cooking tell me it's almost 8 pm (and that I'm not all that hungry)
- The faint smell of vaseline tells me it's time for bed (and that missus is horny)

Re:No need for this (1)

vux984 (928602) | about 8 months ago | (#46116383)

Your life stinks.

Re: No need for this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46116525)

Dude that is really not what Vaseline is for.
Just use spit ;)

Re:No need for this (1)

rubycodez (864176) | about 8 months ago | (#46117033)

don't use vaseline as a sexual lubricant, being oil based and not water soluable residues can cause problems including infection by trapping bacteria and molds

Re:No need for this (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46118467)

The vaseline is to stop her fat arse sticking to the bed

Sed pecunia non olet ? (3, Interesting)

alexhs (877055) | about 8 months ago | (#46116421)

the smell of money in the afternoon

But... money has no smell !??
---
Searching for the translation for the french "L'argent n'a pas d'odeur", it seems the english equivalent has no widespread use? Anyway, I just learned that the expression dates back from almost two thousand years ago [wikipedia.org] .
---
For the curious here are the google results:
"l'argent n'a pas d'odeur": About 1,540,000 results (0.21 seconds)
"money has no smell": About 17,000 results (0.22 seconds)
"money doesn't stink": About 155,000 results (0.12 seconds)

Re:Sed pecunia non olet ? (1)

eyepeepackets (33477) | about 8 months ago | (#46117091)

Yes it does and it's really foul.

Re:Sed pecunia non olet ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46117187)

Confirmed

Re:Sed pecunia non olet ? (1)

Cimexus (1355033) | about 8 months ago | (#46117203)

You're right - I've never heard that expression in English.

Having said that, for some countries, it's true. Quite a few places (Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Canada, some Hong Kong denominations, and probably many others) now use the polymer banknotes which really don't have much of a smell, unlike the old paper/linen notes. I suppose coins still have a bit of a smell though (metallic-ish).

Re:Sed pecunia non olet ? (1)

Dodgy G33za (1669772) | about 8 months ago | (#46117591)

New Aussie bank notes certainly do have a smell. And it is not that unpleasant. A mix of plastic and talcum powder. Maybe it is added to ensure the notes can be dispensed smoothly.

Re:Sed pecunia non olet ? (1)

Cimexus (1355033) | about 8 months ago | (#46118395)

Hmm, now I'm going to have to go check. I live in the US but have some (non-new) Australian, Singaporean and HK notes in my wallet (all polymer)...

Personally ... (1)

PPH (736903) | about 8 months ago | (#46116429)

... I love the smell of napalm in the morning.

Go to the link and look at the thing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46116431)

Wow, you think people are going to wear that? Does it come with a free t-shirt with "I am an idiiot" written on it?

California. There is no way this nonsense could have come from anywhere else. I wonder if it runs from "healing crystals" rather than quartz ones.

Then scroll down to the author bio and revel in the sheer entertainment on offer from whatever the hell this site is meant to be :

About the Author
Lakshmi Sandhana
When Lakshmi first encountered pig's wings in a petri dish, she realized that writing about scientists and imagineers was the perfect way to live in an expanding mind bubble.

I'd hate to be in politics (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46116447)

It'd smell like BS around the clock.

Well, that's fairly simple (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46116453)

We have "universal ink" now for chemical molecule 3D printers. Did you know that? It's true. Some guy had a vivid hallucination on a TED talk therefore it's true.

So seems to me such a watch should be easy to download at home.

Poopie time! (1)

stevegee58 (1179505) | about 8 months ago | (#46116455)

Oh, that's just dog shit on my shoe.

One more thing to make me gag (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46116477)

http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/hsprograms/scent_free.html

Smell of money (1)

manu0601 (2221348) | about 8 months ago | (#46116497)

Smell of money in the afternoon: I wonder why conclusion we can have on the person that decided afternoon should scent money.

What's that smell? (1)

arielCo (995647) | about 8 months ago | (#46116513)

Oh, yes, it's bored "hacker" o'clock!

Skip the blogspam - direct link (1)

arielCo (995647) | about 8 months ago | (#46116543)

Aisen Caro Chacin [aisencaro.com] . Wacky but nothing you haven't heard of before.

Thank you (1)

HalAtWork (926717) | about 8 months ago | (#46117059)

Ah yes, skip the blog spam and go directly to the actual spam, brilliant. How about I just skip this story.

Re: Thank you (1)

arielCo (995647) | about 8 months ago | (#46117393)

That's the reason for the second phrase - to warn the suffering Reader. (:

News for Nerds or GTFO (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46116589)

How long until we hit rock bottom?

Re:News for Nerds or GTFO (2)

ChunderDownunder (709234) | about 8 months ago | (#46116651)

If you bothered to look at Aisen's web page, you'd see she has geek cred.

There's a copy of 'Arduino Cookbook' on her bookcase, FFS.

Re:News for Nerds or GTFO (1)

jpellino (202698) | about 8 months ago | (#46117227)

The one who dies with the most animal-emblazoned O'Reilly books on their shelf wins.

Re: News for Nerds or GTFO (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46118797)

Since when does owning an Italian cookbook count as geek credit?

Coffee smell - benefit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46116775)

The smell of coffee just triggers my morning constitutional. Nothing wrong with that per se.

Brilliant Original Thought! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46116777)

Totally Behind this 1000%! WOO! Go HUMANS!

dad breath (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46116809)

Yup it's 6AM

What happened to watches that tell time? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46116871)

You know, are actually useful, rather than overly artistic to the point of nonfunctionality?

Utter nonsense. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46117085)

This watch has nothing meaningful to do with how your circadian timing system actually works.

Seriously, how stupid is this? (1)

sootman (158191) | about 8 months ago | (#46117139)

Cutting the day into 4 pieces? I'm pretty sure I can guess the time +/- 2 hours without any help.

Re:Seriously, how stupid is this? (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 8 months ago | (#46118057)

Cutting the day into 4 pieces?

Sssshuuuutuuuup. You'll awaken the mummified corpse of Gene Ray [timecube.com] .

Actually, he seems to have moved a little beyond harmless eccentricity:

Children will be blessed for Killing Of Educated Adults Who Ignore 4 Simultaneous Days Same Earth Rotation.

Adults Eat Teenagers Alive, No Record Of Their Death.

All that inappropriate capitalisation. It's like reading Slashdot headli-

Oh. My. God. He's here.

Re:Seriously, how stupid is this? (1)

Quirkz (1206400) | about 8 months ago | (#46120499)

Yeah, I was going to say the same. Even without a watch I'm usually accurate to 5 or 10 minutes just based on my internal clock. I don't need a smell to suggest it's morning, afternoon, or evening, any more than I need a foghorn to announce the changing of the seasons.

The Ocean (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46117151)

Does it emit the smell of the ocean right before bed?

So many things wrong with this... (2)

jpellino (202698) | about 8 months ago | (#46117201)

First, if your circadian rhythm is so exquisitely timed (and it is), why use a watch that arbitrarily cuts the day into four parts?

Second, there is no reason to believe that smelling things four times a day can synchronize your rhythms.

Third, these are "homeopathic" doses of the magic stuff she claims works. Sniffing a minute whiff of caffeine in the air around you has an indistinguishable-from-zero effect. Were it otherwise, heart patients would have a tough time walking past a Starbucks.

Finally, you can get a Ph.D. for writing this: "Does our psychological perception of scent- e.g. incense= relax, coffee= wake up, directly related to the chemical synapses they induce?"

Yikes.

Re:So many things wrong with this... (1)

anon208 (2410460) | about 8 months ago | (#46122263)

Yeah. It totally could according to classical conditioning. If we connect the scent scent of coffee with wakefulness then there is the possibility that it will produce that state even when we aren't drinking coffee. Its actually very plausible. The other scents I am not so sure about.

What scent for sexy time? (1)

SpaghettiPattern (609814) | about 8 months ago | (#46117777)

What scent for sexy time? Fish? Cheese? Candles? Leather? Urine? Feces?

Perhaps a nice gimmick (1)

bickerdyke (670000) | about 8 months ago | (#46118007)

But I need a cloclk that can tell me if I'm still on time for my 3:25 meeting and not if it's morning, afternoon or night.

That's what the big sky-light outside is for.

I guess it works (1)

EmagGeek (574360) | about 8 months ago | (#46118571)

Now that nobody has jobs anymore, I guess it's not important to know precisely what time it is... Is there a "Vienna Sausage o'clock" so people know to go pick up their welfare checks?

Re: I guess it works (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46118807)

Hahaha. Because poor people eat Vienna sausages. That's a thing ... In a Charlie Chaplin movie?

Oh good (1)

Arancaytar (966377) | about 8 months ago | (#46118775)

I've always wanted a clock that could tell me whether it's morning, afternoon or evening.

On the wrist? Functionality FAIL (1)

cellocgw (617879) | about 8 months ago | (#46120911)

Aside from annoying everyone else w/ your scentochronometer, it's a waste of resources. Repackage into a nose-piercing and it'll be both more economical and better targeted.

Still incredibly stupid, but heck, the guy who invented Pet Rocks got rich. So if they'll buy it, you should build it.

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