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Move over, Smell-o-Vision: introducing the smell-o-phone

A Japanese company has created an iPhone peripheral that will allow you to send smells to your friends.

(Screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET Australia)

A Japanese company has created an iPhone peripheral that will allow you to send smells to your friends.

It's the iPhone add-on we never knew we needed: a perfume cartridge that will allow friends to send each other aromas. Created by Japanese perfume company Chaku Perfume, ChatPerf consists of an atomiser that you plug into your phone's charging port, and an app that allows friends to activate it.

The scent could also be activated when you get an email notification, giving you an olfactory signal that someone wants your attention. And, according to Chaku Perfume's website, it could also be used in games — the example used is the smell of gunpowder — or concerts. Chaku Perfume has made the product's SDK available, but it also hopes to develop some apps and games of its own.

Each atomiser can only carry one scent cartridge, so if you want a bit of variety, you would have to purchase additional cartridges.

Japan seems quite interested in the possibility of remote scent application, a technology first introduced in cinemas in 1960. Last month, we saw a prototype device that adds aromas to your television-viewing experience.

Although it's been in development for some time, ChatPerf has yet to hit the market. However, when it does, probably in September this year, it is estimated that the atomisers will cost ¥4980 apiece (around AU$50).

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