Saturday, January 08, 2005

Installing the nose driver?

I recently got an invitation to send something to a mail art show. The card had a place to put perfume. Responses were to be scanned onto the net. How will the perfume get scanned?

When I was a kid, I remember thinking "someday there might be smellevision."

Then, in the early 1980s the Seattle Times had an article about a device someone invented to create smells in the room by electronic command. It had a disk that heated up different chemicals based on some sort of code it received. Apple smell, locker room smell.

Soon after that, I found the smell making machine in a second hand store. Didn't buy it. The replacement disks are probably long not available.

Maybe someone is working on a nose protocol for the internet. So far, the internet does not offer much for the nose.

Maybe it is too primordial. We just look past it to our computer screens.

My profile picture for a while.

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