Comments: The Real Killer App

Predictably, the product is called Smell-O-Vision. The name is a little dissapointing; an elderly riff on 'television' that we can imagine being discarded by Hanna Barbera during the Eisenhower administration. In defense, of this choice, however, is there another word that conveys the function of the device more succinctly?

Here's the link:

http://www.gizmodo.com/gadgets/laptops-pcs/kaori-web-smellovision-update-023256.php

Taste is a little more challenging. Dependant both on smell and physical contact with an inconveniently located array of receptors, as well as the need to lyse molecules with enzymes in saliva. You'd know who your friends were when it came to sharing such a device.

Picture the first Internet Relay Taste app: Strawberry, Cherry, Grape, and Orange. The first ambitious attempt to transmit morel mushrooms would go horribly wrong.

Posted by Paul at May 22, 2005 10:37 AM