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Aromatic Generator and Computer Control System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013741D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 27K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

An Aromatic Generator is linked to a computer controller system to generate smells or odors that are associated with activity on the computer. This function can be analogous to the familiar audio "tunes" associated with opening a window or starting a program. It can also cover more specific and elaborate associations with games, tutorials or education and screen saver types of function. The advantage that is realized by this system is the enhancement of the computing experience with the sense of smell. Today our computers stimulate our eyes through the monitor, our ears through speakers and even touch with "force feedback" in joysticks. We can reach our sense of smell with a hardware device we are calling the Aromatic Generator. This piece of hardware is attached to the computer to tie in power and control signals. In conjunction with the attachment hardware is software that determines when to activate the system. The aromatic generator has a replaceable scent cartridge that allows replenishment or alternative scent combinations. The generator can be placed on the desk, keyboard, clipped to a shirt collar or hung like a necklace around the operators neck. The generator has a fan for fast movement of scent from the source to the operator. 1

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Aromatic Generator and Computer Control System

An Aromatic Generator is linked to a computer controller system to generate
smells or odors that are associated with activity on the computer. This
function can be analogous to the familiar audio "tunes" associated with
opening a window or starting a program. It can also cover more specific and
elaborate associations with games, tutorials or education and screen saver
types of function.

The advantage that is realized by this system is the enhancement of the
computing experience with the sense of smell. Today our computers stimulate
our eyes through the monitor, our ears through speakers and even touch with
"force feedback" in joysticks. We can reach our sense of smell with a
hardware device we are calling the Aromatic Generator. This piece of
hardware is attached to the computer to tie in power and control signals. In
conjunction with the attachment hardware is software that determines when to
activate the system.

The aromatic generator has a replaceable scent cartridge that allows
replenishment or alternative scent combinations. The generator can be placed
on the desk, keyboard, clipped to a shirt collar or hung like a necklace
around the operators neck. The generator has a fan for fast movement of
scent from the source to the operator.

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