A company has worked out a way of sending smells over the internet.
AromaJet's Synthesized Smell over IP (IPsmell) uses an interactive program that creates aromas by mixing 16 separate ingredients in one per cent increments.
David Wallace, AromaJet's chief technology officer, transmitted a number of distinct fragrances from Sidney, Australia to an AromaJet kiosk at the company's offices in Plano, Texas.
Wallace's portable computer and the AromaJet kiosk were connected to the internet and communicated with each other through its SmellServer.
Within seconds of sending a fragrance from Wallace's computer, the AromaJet Kiosk received the data required for it to recreate the aroma.
A description of the fragrance was sent to AromaJet's engineers in Plano who were then able to generate the scent from a given set of ingredients, using AromaJet's patented aroma generation hardware and software.
The company said that the current 16 ingredients will be increased to 32 and beyond in the near future.
All of AromaJet's systems will be designed to operate interactively over the internet using IPsmell technology.
The aim is to enable customers to mix their own perfumes. Fragrance design is currently limited to experienced perfumers with access to ingredients, know-how and a laboratory.
AromaJet claims that its technology will enable anyone to build a unique perfume and ship it directly to customers the next day.
The company must be hoping that this idea will work better than its last, in which it demonstrated the wonders of smelly computer games.
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