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Digital Scent Technology

Posted on January 31st, 2003

What is Digital Scent Technology?

Digital Scent Technology intends to change the interactive entertainment experience. The idea is to scent-enable movies, games, music, animation, or any digital media. Create a more immersive and captivating environment for your audience. Smell reaches out into a new, visceral dimension, transporting viewers, gamers, and music fans into the realm of the senses. Atmosphere, mood, emotion and characters can all be enhanced with scent.

The Power of Scent…

  • makes content extremely immersive and compelling
  • creates mood, such as foreshadowing or ambiance
  • intensifies emotions, such as fear or love
  • establishes place and season
  • helps develop characters
  • gives a heightened sense of reality

Why is this site here?

Why did you come here?  Most likely for one of two reasons.  You’re either part of the small percentage of people who think this is a great idea and would like to further discuss the research or you think this is some crackpot idea and wanted to see if it was serious or not?  I thought it would be a great place to discuss both sides of the technology, so I’ve posted related Press Releases from the past, and I’ll continue posting related articles and press releases in the future. 

So, what do you think, is this a great inovative feature to enhance your PC experience, or just another scam to get you to buy another accessory for your PC? Post a comment and let us know what you think!

Also, if you have a suggestion, article, related link, etc.  please let me know at blog@digiscents.com. 

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  1. Neil DeBella said,

    on November 1st, 2006 at 10:22 pm

    I am a home theater buff and at one time I had the whole surround sound big screen TV experience with transducers (“shakers”) in the couches that rocked when explosions would happen on the DVD movie.

    I have always wondered when scents could be addied as well as temperature changes (flames from explosions or cold for snowy scenes).

    It’s a great idea you’ve got started.

    Neil

  2. Javier said,

    on November 10th, 2006 at 2:34 pm

    Hello,

    I didn’t knew this technology exists. I don’t know if it can became a common component in PCs, but is interesting.

    I would like to know how the product works, I mean, how the smells are produced.

    Greetings,

    JM

  3. Phillip said,

    on November 14th, 2006 at 7:24 am

    I personally love the idea.

    I can’t wait for the day, When developers start using this technology.

  4. Sam Harding said,

    on November 23rd, 2006 at 1:53 pm

    I think its a great idea, the whole point of any film/ game or story is that you a simulated into that World, a simulation is something that makes you belive it is real, and all simualtions these days dont use one of our most needed senses…smell, so with a smell simulator it will make nearly everything we simulate in our lives, Film,story, games, even music anything like that more real,

    people are complaining about pop ups and so forth but as long as you pay for a decent pop up protector and what knot it should be absolutly fine, I actually cant wait for this.

    Sam Harding
    York
    England


  5. on December 8th, 2006 at 3:16 pm

    I think that this is a great idea. I i heard of it before, and wanted to see where it stands. i was reading articles and i come across digiscents. cool a company for this stuff i thought. read an article and failed to relize it was dated to before 2000. damn i thought. looked some more on digiscents, found out they closed up shop, i was very disappionted. i was already wonder how much it was going to set me back, because it was not a question wether i would get it or not just how much i would have to pay for it. well i hope one day y’all can pick up the work again- you’ed have at least 1 customer in me.

    clark

    P.S. Could you imagine a scent virus. ugh, lol.

  6. john doe said,

    on December 11th, 2006 at 8:24 pm

    I think this is a terrible idea. hahaha I’m laughing at the thought of this right now. Why would you want to smell things online?

  7. Jim said,

    on January 20th, 2007 at 9:33 pm

    I think this is the next great step in gaming and entertainment. I also think there are many other applications where this could make sense. What is the technology you are planning to use for this. What do you feel is the typical number of discreet scents you’d need to source and mix to produce how many outpout smells? What smells have you found easiest to produce and which are most challenging? I’d really appreciate the dialouge.

    Jim

  8. Simon said,

    on January 26th, 2007 at 7:22 am

    I’d like to know more. It’s a fascinating idea. We all have 5 senses (well most of us). The virtual world can only deliver two – sight and sound (and possibly touch if you have the sensors installed). Smell is the most evocative of all which means people will always feel more compelled by physical proximity than virtual. supermarkets pipe the smell of coffee or fresh bread to the entrance – how cool to to do the same online. How do I get involved in this?

  9. alberto said,

    on January 27th, 2007 at 2:09 pm

    | …
    | The Power of Scent…
    |
    | * makes content extremely immersive and compelling
    | * creates mood, such as foreshadowing or ambiance
    | * intensifies emotions, such as fear or love
    | * establishes place and season
    | * helps develop characters
    | * gives a heightened sense of reality
    | …

    I envision a good tool for a new branch in Psychoanalisys…
    Smell is one of our most primitivelly develloped senses. It is considered esential to our human existence.

    It is proved that a particular smell can remind us forgotten feelings or ideas.

    Could be a great helping tool for professional use. That zone of the cortex is a forgotten part of our brain that would be working with an ‘extra’ effort to overcome traumas and induce or find any background thinking.

    Could improve human existence!

    Best wishes
    Alberto

  10. rohan said,

    on February 1st, 2007 at 4:02 am

    I’d like to know more.Smell is the most evocative of all which means people will always feel more compelled by physical proximity than virtual. supermarkets pipe the smell of coffee or fresh bread to the entrance – how cool to to do the same online.

  11. Aeolius said,

    on February 26th, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    Nice to see the site name preserved, even if it lacks pictures of the iSmell prototypes. Who could pass up the opportunity to have spam e-mail announced with the smell of Spam? ;)


  12. on March 25th, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    Well guys it’s really happening! Scenttv.tv makes history this week with the launch of its SEC (Scent Enabled Content) Web Broadcast Portal. Movies, Commercials, Games, and other content is scented when right.

  13. Ayisha said,

    on April 22nd, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    Wow this is a very cool idea. I’ll sign the petition for digiscents! ;)

  14. David said,

    on April 25th, 2007 at 2:18 am

    Well, I have to laugh. About 15 years ago, I developed a rototype of a scent delivery system which did not require ANY additional hardware for a computer. It worked well, but I didn’t have the wherewithall to progress it to a commercial technology. Let’s see if anyone else can match it!!

    Of course, technology has changed in the past 15 years and to do the same now is a little more challenging, however I believe it is still possible.


  15. on June 8th, 2007 at 10:14 am

    Have a look: http://www.scentify.de

  16. Tomassen said,

    on July 15th, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    I am looking forward to the day that I can get extra interactivity with websites. I can think of recipe sites from benefiting from being able to smell the recipes.

  17. jordan said,

    on July 15th, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    hello great idea youve got going there

  18. Mitch said,

    on July 15th, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    I Dont like to smell so im not that excited about this.

  19. bri said,

    on July 15th, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    sounds cool. but it would have heaps of viruses. plus its kinda weird. smell coming out of your computer????

  20. Brooke said,

    on July 15th, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    I think that this is a great idea and think it will make the internet much more interesting to be able to smell aswell as see.

  21. drk said,

    on July 15th, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    hey this thing will never get off the ground if u want to smell something chances are you’ll want to experiene (key word) the actual experience of the thing. why even bother is my question, and im guessing, the vast majority of consumers wont.

  22. Jay said,

    on July 15th, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    i believe that this smell dome thing would really enhance the internet experience and how we use it adding a whole new dimension to the way we think of the internet.

  23. Amber said,

    on July 15th, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    i think this is a strange idea,
    why would you want to smell anything on the internet,
    most of the things on the internet dont have a smell.
    myspace for example

  24. Sam said,

    on July 15th, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    WOW, this sounds very useful in many ways. Look forward to seeing this in the future.

  25. Bek said,

    on July 15th, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    Hmmmm,

    This new technology if and when it becomes more available to society will revolutionise the way we use computers today. But is this always a good thing? I mean how many of us sit behind our computers each night and create a fake us? Whether it is on myspace, msn or any other of the online chatting site. Adding these scents will create an online reality and before we no we will all be hiding behind our computers screens instead of living our real lives. If we can smell things from our computers why will we have to go out and smell them???

  26. Robbie said,

    on July 15th, 2007 at 8:28 pm

    Great idea, but what will happen when the scene or genre changes, How will the old scent be overwiped, clearly scents just don’t disappear xD

  27. Jade said,

    on July 15th, 2007 at 8:31 pm

    its a good idea :)

  28. jam said,

    on July 15th, 2007 at 8:31 pm

    i think its great its going to change the future

  29. hayden said,

    on July 15th, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    That would be good for online grocery shopping

  30. josh said,

    on July 15th, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    i think its very intersesting and unique but also there is a down side, like if someone sends you a bad smell it could smell out the room….

  31. Ricky said,

    on July 15th, 2007 at 8:33 pm

    This sounds really interesting

  32. Keishu said,

    on July 15th, 2007 at 8:33 pm

    I personally think that there are not much need for the smell and cost money if the smell run out. Maybe it might be used for the criminal like replace the smell with something different and when the person smell that it will give some bad affects.

  33. cassie said,

    on July 15th, 2007 at 8:34 pm

    i dont really get this computer stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. Dean said,

    on July 15th, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    I personally think it would be great for gaming purposes because you will be able to smell the blood from your victim.

  35. Jake Porter said,

    on July 15th, 2007 at 8:36 pm

    it sounds like a great idea to enhance an internet expirience, but the use of the third sence might be used for other things and the aroma of cigars or ciggerette fumes/smoke might have the effect on some poeple to smoke that are recovering from quitting.

  36. Robbie said,

    on July 15th, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    Great idea, I can imagine that people will make Virus scents xD

  37. TIM HENZE said,

    on July 15th, 2007 at 9:15 pm

    i love this idea it will be great for when im playing runcescape and WOW thanks so much

  38. alex said,

    on July 17th, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    that sounds cool but what about smells like MSN? there are no smells for keyboards etc….

  39. steven a said,

    on July 21st, 2007 at 11:27 pm

    WOW!

    this kinda’ blows my mind. i think it would revolutionary. imagine watching the food channel! yum.

  40. Durocdog said,

    on August 29th, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    I worked with this company, digiScents, as a PCB vendor when they were producing prototypes. I believe this technology is necessary for many reasons and extremely useful for marketing many, many items throught the internet as we know it today. The technology for movies is an even greater application.

    Someone wrote “not needed for MySpace”. I have to disagree – one’s favorite cologne or perfume, favorite food, favorite smell that awakens memories (my first girlfriend’s home in the 1st grade smelled of tomato soup!), your favorite dish that mom made, etc.

    Video games – the smell of riding a motorcycle through a desert, the smell of hiking through the jungle, etc.

    Bring it on!! Let’s try it again!!!

  41. Durocdog said,

    on August 30th, 2007 at 11:32 am

    In order for this to really take off, I do believe a fragrance house would need to financially back the technology. As you can imagine as companies such as Mary Kay, MerlNorman, Avon and others lose their appeal to door-door, party sales, they might be open to new avenues for “revealing” new scents. This could work for designer scent manufactures, also. Imagine Abercrombie & Fitch releasing a new fragrance to their subscribers via the internet. The same for all retailers targeting the 14-40 crowd.

    Kraft Foods may be interested in order to launch new products, Johnson and Johnson for home fragrances, etc. I think you get the idea, but it will take a large financial and infrastructure support team to make it happen.

  42. sapana said,

    on September 4th, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    Hello!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is really nice idea & great innovative feature to enhance my pc experinse.
    I want to know more about it,how exactly it works, i’m searching more details on it as i’m prearing a seminar on it for my college.

    Sapana
    frm India


  43. on September 11th, 2007 at 10:18 am

    “THE INTERNET HAS COME TO ITS SENSES FINALLY” It is true to the point that the inventor of the “Scent Dome” , Ellwood G. Ivey, Jr. is featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Actually, I was a skeptic when I first heard about sense enabled internet and websites. I didn’t see how it could work. Well, not only since I was introduced to it in August, 2007 did I have the chance to see it for my self, I have had a chance to meet the inventor in Savannah, Georgia.
    A very humble man, “Ivey” is a pioneer in digital scent technology !

    I not only have my own dome (which I love)…I have decided to quit my $43K a year job, to dedicate time to introducing the phenomenal Scent Dome to everybody I know! TriSenx Holdings, Inc. is to me, the opportunity of a lifetime and what makes it do great is that everybody can get on board now.

    If you want to change your life and stop trading hours for dollars and be the first to introduce it to your community, contact me at nscentives@aol.com and I’ll show you how to get your own Scent Dome too!

  44. Simon said,

    on September 20th, 2007 at 12:01 am

    Crazy stuff, after reading this i found some more interesting reads on this site. http://www.air-aroma.com

  45. Bob said,

    on September 28th, 2007 at 7:31 am

    In about 1966 in down town Chicago there was a small demo theather with smells in sync with a short demo movie. The movie contained several oders including a cooking scene, a dog being washed, and of course the joy of flowers. I wonder how all the years have passed and no one put this into the TV world to help sell their products.

  46. Dion Z. George said,

    on October 9th, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    Would or could this have any side effects on your brain or scence of smell and hearing, or any other drawbacks in general? For example if the brain is forced to process certain sound waves as scent then what gaurantee is there that the brain would not eventually take other sound waves and process them as scent.

  47. Andy said,

    on October 17th, 2007 at 10:05 am

    I think it’s a great idea…. good for games, films, shopping, porn ;)

    Smell is definatley the next sense that’s needed… don’t think touch and taste would be as useful, apart from in games and VR headsets (whatever happened to them?!) as they are not so passive – and half of taste is smell anyway!

    If it incorporated a smell recording device too it could be used to detect dangerous gasses in the air or neutralise bad smells…. or even create bad smells as a security device!
    There’s a weird smell in my room at the moment.

  48. Sam said,

    on November 2nd, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    is this still happening? Has this company closed down now?

  49. badthing said,

    on December 18th, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    Hi :) This is absolutely FASCINATING to me and in my opinion this world of ours is more than ready for it to happen. What’s the latest on it?

    P.S. Thanks Simon for the link you provided. I think I’ll take a look at it as soon as I’m finished writing this.

  50. Lydia said,

    on January 28th, 2008 at 4:44 am

    I “landed” on this site in search of finding a company who mixed personal oil scents – I am a great believer in aromatherapy and kudos to you for reaching out with ths idea; life is all about engaging all of our senses. For myslef, watching something with cascading waterfalls, mountains, lakes, etc. while inhaling deeply of scents that relax the nerves and soothe the mind works for me! Don’t give up the stage for nay sayers!

  51. AJ Rao said,

    on March 2nd, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    You know what I think? I think the other companies are JEALOUS. The power of smell is very important- without it we would not be human.

    It’s an amazing idea. Imagine, while playing Halo or something you can smell the fresh air and the damp rain forest, and take your revenge on those stinky Covenant…

    It’s awesome! You can try out perfumes etc before you buy them.

    I think adding a heater/cooler system to produce heat and cold during different scenes in a movie is also cool.

    So go on with the idea and improve on it and make it better. Don’t let those jealous companies hold you back. Also, I would like to buy one. Do you still sell iSmell?

  52. AJ Rao said,

    on March 2nd, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    Also, you could limit the smells so bad smells cannot be produced at all.

  53. a said,

    on June 19th, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    I heard you went banckrupt. It’s on wikipedia.

  54. Brian said,

    on June 19th, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Digiscents, the dot-com, did go bankrupt years ago.  This website is in domain name only and not associated in any way to the ‘original’ digiscents.com.

  55. JollyRoger said,

    on July 23rd, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Although a good idea, i fear that this cannot be done. If I am proved wrong however, i think that it will be quite expensive, much too expensive and large, and time consuming. I believe that it will not come to life because you will have to obtain these smells, and some of the best movies of all time are violent, therefore, you would have to kill someone and leave them in the sun for a week to obtain the smell of death, for such movies as scarface and 300, or SCI MIAMI or NCIS. Although the idea was promising, i feel that you failed to take into account details that could be offensive or vile. Very Sorry, but you havn’t thought it through very well.

  56. jacob gray said,

    on July 23rd, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    why would you want to smell a computer…….!

  57. jeenmaz said,

    on September 10th, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    I thought this company went out of business?
     
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  58. astrojams1 said,

    on February 25th, 2009 at 1:23 am

    This idea can work!

    You scrapped the name “iSmell,” right? No one likes saying “I smell” out loud. It’s embarrassing. Something like “iScent” avoids the issue. Or better yet, remove yourself form the iPod bandwagon. Hire someone like Lexicon to generate something fantastic.

    Also, I don’t want to smell cooking fish or rancid jail cells. At least not yet– start me off easy and ground me in something familiar. I do like the idea of smelling candles, flowers, lotions, perfumes, etc. online before purchasing them. Needs to be pretty perfect though. You perfect?

    You need visibility. You need the iScent version of the iPod’s WHITE headphones. It’s not too tough. Do something like this. In a busy public space, pump out a scent that is unexpected– say, oranges. So someone’s walking along and, BAM, they’re struck with the smell of oranges. Refreshing. And right in their view is a sign that says “Does anyone else smell oranges?” It’s a nice marketing campaign.

    I’m only just getting started. I need to get back to work. Summer internship, please.

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