Sunday, April 10

The Birth of Smellovision!

Sony patent takes first step towards real-life Matrix (New Scientist News):

IMAGINE movies and computer games in which you get to smell, taste and perhaps even feel things. That's the tantalising prospect raised by a patent on a device for transmitting sensory data directly into the human brain -- granted to none other than the entertainment giant Sony.

The technique suggested in the patent is entirely non-invasive. It describes a device that fires pulses of ultrasound at the head to modify firing patterns in targeted parts of the brain, creating 'sensory experiences' ranging from moving images to tastes and sounds. This could give blind or deaf people the chance to see or hear, the patent claims.

Didn't the Professor in Futurama already invent the Smelloscope and discover the Garbage Nebula or something?

And let's not omit the expected homage to John Waters' Odorama:

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These geniuses should sue Sony for infringement.

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