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Future TVs Will Emit Scent To Heighten Viewing Experience

Watching a movie isn't just a visual feast anymore, now more of the viewer's senses can be stimulated.

Ross Brooks
Ross Brooks on April 2, 2013. @greenidealism

There are a lot of questionable shows on TV these days and it’s safe to say a lot of them stink. The Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology has made this turn of phrase significantly more real, with a TV that actually smells.

Maybe you’re watching your favourite TV crime thriller and the detectives walk into a room, only to be hit with an overpowering smell of someone who has recently died. Normally you might think “That probably smells really bad,” but with this “smelly” TV you won’t just think it, you’ll know it. This example might be a bit extreme but there’s no denying you will be able to relate to your favourite characters on a much deeper level.

This extra-sensory element could change the way you watch cooking shows forever, the smell of a biriani curry filling your nostrils as it’s cooked on the screen. That and countless other opportunities to enhance your viewing experience.

All of this is achieved through four small corner-mounted fans around the TV, which waft a carefully mixed vapour at you, crafted to mirror the smell currently on display.

Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

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