Browse Prior Art Database

Aromatic Generator and Computer Control System Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013741D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18

Publishing Venue



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