Does anyone else hear about companies’ attempts to “enhance” our olfactory experience and think, “NOOOOOOO!”?
The latest of these endeavors to assault our senses is the oPhone (“o” for olfactory). A person can attach an smell to a message and the recipient “gets” to smell it. Both the sender and receiver have to have oPhones for this to work, so you won’t be forced to smell every text message.
Of course, if this technology takes off, it won’t matter if you don’t have an oPhone yourself. We will all be surrounded by people who are not only shouting into their cellphones, but polluting the air with even more artificial scents than already abound.
As someone who has scent-triggered migraines, news reports of odor-spreading technology fill me with an almost visceral dread. Living in the modern world with heightened senses is already hard enough. At least sounds can be muffled with ear plugs and lights can be managed with TheraSpecs. There’s no effective way to block odors.
Let’s hope that even people who aren’t sickened or panicked by sensory overload will have no interest in smelling a fake version of the croissant their friend just ate.