Smell-O-Vision, Now With Improved Resolution
Think of it as a variation on the scratch-and-sniff: Designers at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology have created a "smelling screen" that's able to emit scents at pixel level.
What's the Latest Development?
A team of designers at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology have created a "smelling screen" that can emit the scent of a displayed object right in the portion of the screen where it appears. It looks like a standard LCD display, but it contains air streams and fans that are powerful and efficient enough to send odors -- vaporized gel pellets -- to specific screen locations. In this way it differs from similar technology in that the scent is localized rather than diffused across the entire display.
What's the Big Idea?
"Smell-O-Vision" technology in one form or another has been around for many decades, but it has never really become mainstream. Reasons for this include the expense involved in replacing the oils used to create the scents and the difficulty in coordinating the release of the scent with a specific point in a game or movie. The team hasn't tackled those challenges yet, and currently their display can only produce one scent at a time. However, a day may come when you're walking by a fast food ad screen and find yourself getting hungry even though the restaurant is several blocks away.
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Meteorologists propose a stunning new explanation for the mysterious events in the Bermuda Triangle.
One of life's great mysteries, the Bermuda Triangle might have finally found an explanation. This strange region, that lies in the North Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda, Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico, has been the presumed cause of dozens and dozens of mind-boggling disappearances of ships and planes.
Nazi supporters held huge rallies and summer camps for kids throughout the United States in the 1930s.
- During the 1930s, thousands of Americans sympathized with the Nazis, holding huge rallies.
- The rallies were organized by the American German Bund, which wanted to spread Nazi ideology.
- Nazi supporters also organized summer camps for kids to teach them their values.
A Bund parade in New York, October 30, 1939.
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Tea and coffee have known health benefits, but now we know they can work together.
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- A new study finds drinking large amounts of coffee and tea lowers the risk of death in some adults by nearly two thirds.
- This is the first study to suggest the known benefits of these drinks are additive.
- The findings are great, but only directly apply to certain people.