German group patents 'smell-phone'
When words just aren't enough, German technology developers think they may have just what everyone needs: a smell-phone.
A German syndicate announced this week that it has patented a chip for sending scents via text and multimedia messages.
A spokesperson from mobile services company ConVisual told reporters at The Local
that people could send the smell of the ocean breeze through cell
phones from vacation spots or mark special occasions by sending an
aromatic two-dimensional bouquet.
Developers have been working on the chips for eight years, and
they could be released to market by 2010, according to a report in the
Berlin-based, English-language news site.
About 100 scents will be available on the chips, but consumers will
need special phones to use them. Developers are seeking partnerships
with mobile phone companies for marketing and distribution.
Nasir Ali Khan