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Scent Emitting Device Based on Food Product RFID Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247309D
Publication Date: 2016-Aug-22
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Disclosed is a method to use odor technology to simulate an odor gradient, based on an associated Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) signature, and then deliver the associated scent through a wearable device in order to attract the wearer to specific food products.

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Scent Emitting Device Based on Food Product RFID

The sense of smell is (along with taste) the most primitive of human senses, and is deeply tied to emotions. Smell can have a profound effect on a person's mood and response to stimuli. Devices that generate odors are in development. Odors can be used to enhance visual or auditory outputs (e.g. the scent of the ocean along with a photograph of the beach). However, these odors can be utilized in other ways.

Because odors affect a human's emotional state, smell is a powerful means of enhancing the persuasive impact of any media. Authors have described the use of smell, provided via odor technology, as enhancements to advertising, and personal behavior modification.

The novel contribution is a method to use odor technology to simulate an odor gradient,

which is delivered through a wearable device, in order to provide attraction to food products based on an associated Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) signature.

The disclosed idea is based on a few enabling technologies. While not at a perfection stage, these technologies are good enough to be used with the new method to create a viable product. Because these technologies are the focus of many researchers, enhancements are expected in the future.

• Electronic nose - an instrument used to detect and measure scent concentration • Study on scent concentration and intensity [1]

• Study on scent intensity for human and electronic noses with different vapor pressure nose, observed scent intensity resembles human observation [2]

• Study that shows an Electronic Nose can predict an intensity and pleasantness olfactory rating from a human panel [3]

• Researchers in Tokyo that provide olfactory stimuli [4]

• Scent Rhythm Watch tells time by emitting fragrances [5]

Introduced herein is a process and method in which portable devices emit scents based on RFID signatures that are assigned to food products. In an example environment, shoppers in a retail store wear the portable devices. The devices emit scents to attract the shopper to purchase a certain food product. This powerful capability provides a means for food product producers to represent products to consumers in an entirely new manne...