Friday, February 7, 2014

Futurist Friday: Hana Yakiniku

Introducing Hana Yakiniku--an internet connected olfactory device that lets users generate food smells. 

As this video points out, it has all sorts of applications:

  • for impecunious students, making cheap food smell like a fancy meal
  • for dieters, making lettuce smell like something more attractive (and caloric)
  • for lovers, well, bringing them closer together
This is part of a larger trend towards capturing and delivering sensory experiences via digital media: sight and sound, of course, but also scent, touch and even taste

So if you are sending a teenager off to college in a few years, maybe plan to put a Hana Yakiniku on their packing list, to supplement that rice cooker. 

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