Computer users looking for increased realism from their PC can look forward to having their work, play and internet shopping assisted by smell technologies, according to researchers.
Stephen Furner, a senior researcher with future technologies labs at BTexact, the telco's development arm, said that, despite several smell companies folding, the technology would soon be a generally accepted part of human/computer relations.
"Smell technologies have a future," he said. "Imagine the possibilities; for example playing a grand prix game and smelling the burning rubber as you screech round the corner."
Smell tools from companies like DigiScents, AromaJet and iSmell involve the emission of odours from a device containing the aromatic equivalent to an ink cartridge.
"Sensory technologies are the next stage of human/computer interaction," concluded Furner, adding that not only games but collaborative working and internet shopping were just two of the possibilities of smell technologies.
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