October 18th, 2013
The iSmell: every five years, like clockwork
It’s that time again. Yup, computer scent peripheral. This incarnation requires users to stick their noses right up against the disturbingly organic end of a little scent stick for a personalized whiff “symphony.” The interaction, while bizarre, is definitely an improvement over more pervasively ambient approaches, but imagining someone sniffing at a plastic cylinder while absorbed in a screen makes me think of the people I sit next to on the bus who have the off-putting habit of smelling their fingers while they read. That or one of those old Vicks eucalyptus inhalers.
Timer reset. Sigh.