The virtual reality experience continues to evolve. Smart startups have come up with ways to make virtual reality a 4 dimensional technology. Earlier this month we brought you the story about TeslaSuit a full body virtual reality suit that provides a 4d experience that literally lets you feel rain drops, bullets, even hot and cold. The traditional VR headset captures your sense of sight and your sense of hearing. But what about your sense of smell.
Smell is a very powerful sense and a very powerful tool. When dinner is cooking in the oven, your nose tells you just how good it’s going to be. Your nose can tell you when food has spoiled or that someone has even entered a room. The sense of smell can bring back a feeling of nostalgia when you’re checking out old antiques. There’s even a certain kind of smell you get when you open a fresh new iPhone. Some people even like the smell of the pages in a brand new book.
Most people don’t think of smell when they think about technology, but really it’s the next natural sense to stimulate in video games, simulators and mixed reality.
Imagine playing a vr game and smelling smoke. You may know that your village is burning down and you have to defend it. Or imagine you’re in a different game and you’re running through the forest. Your eyes and ears know you’re running through the forest but what if you could smell the trees and the rain.
A British company called OWidges has created the first olfactory design toolkit for developers to bring the sense of smell into the world of technology.
This new olfactory technology could be a lot of fun in VR and gaming environments but it could also be a powerful tool. Imagine using olfactory technology from OWidges in hospital simulations. Doctors and nurses are trained that certain smells can signal that something is wrong with somebody. Or imagine technology that could help a blind person identify what different things are using their sense of smell, and sitting at a computer.
Olfactory technology could make your car have that “new car” smell, forever. It could even be used to make life like robots even more life like by smelling like humans.
The OWidgets design kit can help deliver these kinds of applications and games, and much more.
Smell the difference OWidgets makes at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, this week, in Eureka Park, booth #51881 and check them out on Twitter here.