In Brief

Internet comes in, smell comes out. A new web-connected robot turns attention-demanding notifications into passive scents.

Olly is a a web-connected device from Mint Digital that takes notification data from services like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and turns them into real-world scents. A removable panel for oils and liquids allows for any scent to be triggered, and a stackable form allows for multiple services to be connected to multiple Ollys.

Secondary Attention

With more information actively vying for our direct attention, interaction designers are beginning to think about how to passively make use of what Russell Davies calls secondary attention. Data that doesn’t rudely pull our eyes towards it, but rather shares information with us politely. Mint Digital achieves that in a very unique and simple way, one that can be fully customized as all of parts and code that make up Olly are open and accessible.

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