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With this phone, you can send smells along with your selfies

All credit to owner/photographer. — by Google.
All credit to owner/photographer. — by Google.

Yes, of course, you can't send tastes, touches, feelings, and thoughts but what about smells… We researched what you need to send smells via your smartphone, and here are the results.

Ladies and gentleman let us introduce you with oPhone/oNotes.

oPhone is a large tube-shaped device whose purpose is scent-based mobile messaging. It has a base of over 300,000 unique aromas that are contained in cartridges called oChips who are located inside the device. There are eight oChips, and each includes four aromas = 32 primitive aromas. Its design is elegant, and it will look great, wherever you decide to put it. For the device to work, you would need the oSnap application made for iPhone. It is an easy to use app that looks like an aroma palette with paintbrush and canvas, research a bit around it and you'll get the hang of it.

All credit to owner/photographer. — by Google.
All credit to owner/photographer. — by Google.

So, if you are located in Honolulu, Hawaii, and you are laying on the beach, drinking a coconut cocktail with a bit of Tequila, you can send the smell to your best friend attached to a selfie. Then your friend who is camping in the mountains near Edinburgh, Scotland can send you the smell of burning wood and roasted marshmallows. Basically what happens is you send the scent, then the scent is delivered via chips in the oPhone receiver, the aroma is designed to last for about 10 seconds, and if the photo you send has more than one scent, they will play in chronological order.


  • 2012, David Edwards, the professor at Harvard, gathered a bunch of students and sparked their imagination of creating a “virtual world of aroma.”
  • 2012, several students graduated but stayed and continued to work on the oPhone
  • 2013, The first exhibition was at David's Laboratory in Paris
  • 2014, Research & Development was making a lot of progress, and now oPhone could fit in your pocket
  • 2015, presale starts

This is not the first idea and not the first company that wanted to implement this vision. Past attempts include Smell-O-Vision (a system that released odor during projection of a film, so the viewers could smell what was happening in the movie). Odorama (an idea where viewers can use gimmicks while watching movies, and scratch and sniff so they can smell what they see on the screen). iSmell (a small device that looks like a Shark's fin and emits scents, it can be connected to a computer through a USB port). They all failed. oPhone is different, because it sends small volumes of aroma, in rapid sequences. It also has long-lasting (not that expensive) cartridges, a vast range of fragrances, etc.

A lot has changed in the last three years; the company is called oNotes, the research & development team has progressed so much and changed the appearances of the product, you can check their website HERE.

This all was created based on a dream of a middle school boy who envisioned sending fart bombs in math class.
This article was originally published on @vaske