Futurist Friday: Hana Yakiniku

Category: Center for the Future Of Museums Blog
Introducing Hana Yakiniku–an internet connected olfactory device that lets users generate food smells. 

As this video points out, it has all sorts of applications:

  • for impecunious students, making cheap food smell like a fancy meal
  • for dieters, making lettuce smell like something more attractive (and caloric)
  • for lovers, well, bringing them closer together
This is part of a larger trend towards capturing and delivering sensory experiences via digital media: sight and sound, of course, but also scent, touch and even taste

So if you are sending a teenager off to college in a few years, maybe plan to put a Hana Yakiniku on their packing list, to supplement that rice cooker. 
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