Smell Phone

The oPhone is a new phone that promises to allow one to send scents via a mobile phone.

People have been speculating for a long time about the possibility of transmitting smells in the same way that we do sounds and images. But personally I've never understood the appeal of the idea. Beyond a small group of people such as perfume makers, how often do most people need or want to share smells long-distance?
     Posted By: Alex - Fri May 16, 2014
     Category: Telephones

I dare say the frat crowd could find a use for it.
Posted by crc on 05/16/14 at 10:18 AM
I'm sure they could!

Given how many components are in perfumes, how and where would you store even a subset of what you might need at any given instant?
Posted by TheCannyScot in Atlanta, GA on 05/16/14 at 12:25 PM
What do you mean how often do you need to share?! It's part of the Guy Code to torture your fellow man with anything that smells - old sneakers, farts, or food that is way past its prime. Who knows what new aroma you might expose to the world?
Posted by KDP on 05/16/14 at 03:00 PM
One place it could work for is a live sex chat line. A basic system would have 10 odors. Pheromone, sweat, 5 perfumes & etc.
Posted by BMN on 05/16/14 at 03:01 PM
Can you get someone to blow in a joint and have the smoke come out on the other side ??? Sales would be off the charts.
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 05/16/14 at 06:06 PM
I give it six months before someone learns to hack it and make your house smell like a PortaPotty on a hot day in Tijuana.
Posted by Phideaux on 05/16/14 at 07:23 PM
What a lovely picture you paint Phideaux. I am sure that is exactly the kind of thing this tech would be predominantly used for.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/17/14 at 12:08 PM
Oh sure patty .. take it out on Phideaux .. not like you aren't good at blowing smoke up our a$$ .. hehehehe
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 05/17/14 at 02:58 PM
I doubt it would even be possible to prank anyone that way. Given the problem TheCannyScot mentions, they're going to have selected a very few, inoffensive smells, and only let you create "thousands of combinations" by choosing a few of them. At most you would be able to choose two smells that just don't go well together, but "coffee and jasmin" is hardly going to be as offensive as "hydrogen sulphide".
Posted by Richard Bos on 05/18/14 at 06:37 AM
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