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Scent Generator

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116913D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gerber, C: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A method for synthesis, storage, and transmission of scents and odors in a multimedia environment is described.

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Scent Generator

      A method for synthesis, storage, and transmission of scents and
odors in a multimedia environment is described.

      In a first crude embodiment, the existing ink-jet technology is
used to generate and control a desired scent.  By filling cartridges
with different flavors (dissolved in a volatile solvent), the control
logic of a commercially available ink-jet printer in combination with
a drawing program can be employed to emit a sequence or a mixture of
the stored flavors through the printing head.

      In a more refined embodiment, air is passed through thirty
tubes each equipped with twenty scent dispensers.  The tubes are
closely bundled and provided with common head-space.  The air-scent
mixtures from the 30 tubes are in operation turbulently mixed in the
head-space region and expelled through a set of outlets.  The 600
dispensers are electronically controlled to produce the required
mixture and scent.  Gas flow, temperature, humidity, fluid levels in
the dispensers are equally monitored.  The scent dispensers use
piezoelectric fluid dispensers derived from ink-jet printer
technology.  The computer interface controlling the dispensers allows
individual scent design and storage, as well as scent reproduction
from scent libraries stored on disk.

      The complete scent generator can be attached to other computer
peripherals and combined with multimedia programs such as to provide
optical, acoustical, and olfactory inform...