“SpotScents” by Yanagida, Utsumi, Noma, Kawato, Hosaka, et al. …

  • ©Yasuyuki Yanagida, Akira Utsumi, Haruo Noma, Shinjiro Kawato, Kenichi Hosaka, and Shunsuke Yoshida

  • ©Yasuyuki Yanagida, Akira Utsumi, Haruo Noma, Shinjiro Kawato, Kenichi Hosaka, and Shunsuke Yoshida

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    SpotScents

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    ATR Media Information Science Laboratories

Entry Number: 19


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    SpotScents generates limited regions, or “spots,” of scents in a free space. This is very different from conventional ways of enjoying scents, such as filling an entire room with aroma by using an aroma pot.

    The goals of this project are to control 3D olfactory space and to incorporate the olfactory channel in virtual reality applications and other audio-visual media, including movies and games. We would like to achieve a natural experience in an unencumbering way in order to make scent a commonly used component of digital media.

    So far, the major problem with emitting scents has been that odor diffuses to a wide area and it cannot be dissipated in a short time. To overcome this problem, we have proposed a method to deliver scents to a limited region. The core technology of this project is the use of scent projectors. Scent projectors enable localized scent to be delivered to a human’s nose through free space. People do not need to wear any special devices or trailing tubes.


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    References

    WATKINS, C. J., 2002. Methods and apparatus for localized delivery of scented aerosols. U. S. PAT. 6,357,726.

    YANAGIDA, Y., KAWATO, S., NOMA, H., TOMONO, A., AND TETSUTANI, N. 2004. Projection-based olfactory display with nose tracking. In Proceedings of IEEE Virtual Reality 2004, 43– 50.


Acknowledgements:


    This research was supported in part by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan.


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