Ellwood Ivey Jr's company, TriSenx, has obtained a patent for technology that uses a desktop printer-like device to produce smells based on data programmed into a Web page, allowing a user to download a smell or taste from the Internet.
The scent technology, which several companies have been developing, works by mixing several base chemicals that emit the desired smell. The result: A rose is a rose, even when its scent is a digitalized simulation delivered through the Net.
TriSenx's chairman and chief executive comes to his computer and launches the Windows-based application.
First up, a strawberry. A sheet of gold adhesive paper slides into the FirstSENX machine and emerges with the imprint of a strawberry.
"Here you go. Smell this," he offered.
It smells like a strawberry. He prints another and licks it. Tastes like it, too, he says. Next he prints a cup of cappuccino, which he says tastes like the real thing, and then a perfume that has a rather harsh aroma.
Web sites could also use the technology to transmit the smells of news events. Users could smell a battlefield in a war report. Candy and cookie companies, as well as perfume and cosmetics companies have expressed interest in using it for samples.
Several other firms hope to develop the field of online smell into the next big thing.
DigiScents Inc., based in Oakland, Calif., is working on a smell box it calls iSmell, a device which reads a digital scent file from a Web site, creates a smell from a "palette" of 128 chemicals stored in a cartridge, and then wafts it into the air with a small fan.
AromaJet, a suburban Dallas company, has a device called Pinoke that dispenses smells coinciding with a player's action in a video game. A South Korean enterprise has also launched a product that enables smell for video games.
Trisenx develops technology that renders smell and taste simulations over the Internet. Before Trisenx, Inc., the Internet experience was limited to visual and audio stimulations. Trisenx takes that experience to the next level to enable all the senses to be a part of the Internet.
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Настоящее перфектное время (Present Perfect) — has obtained
Инфинитив в функции обстоятельства цели — to produce
Причастие II в функции определения — based
Причастие II в функции обстоятельства времени — allowing
Настоящее перфектное длительное время (Present Perfect Continuous) — have been developing
Герундий в функции обстоятельства образа действия — by mixing
Герундий после глаголов с послелогами — interest in using
Страдательный залог прошедшего времени (Past Intefinite Passive)— was limited