Need to send a Smell via text? There’s an iPhone app for that.


5th Nov, 2012

Question: What does present day cell phone technology lack?

Answer: “You can’t send smell through a cell phone,” pointed out a female staffer at the Japanese perfume company Chaku Perfume.

And that ladies and gentlemen, is how a new and refreshing take on ‘smell my finger’ was born….

An application that enables you to send smells through iPhones with an attachable device has recently surfaced, creating quite a buzz on the net. Developed by Chaku Perfume, the new ‘Chat Perf’ device, which plugs into the iPhone’s charger port, includes an atomizer and a smell tank that can send a smell to another iPhone user with the same device in a puff of spray.

Here is a dodgy demo of an early prototype:

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[Of all the useless cra–] A representative for Chat Perf, still in its infancy stage, says there are endless possibilities for the application, including the possibility to, “receive the sweat smell of your favorite idol during a concert, fans caught up in the moment would go wild!” (this is an actual quote).

Taking into consideration just how many different body odors there are, suddenly it starts to dawn on you exactly what this technology would be like in the wrong hands….

That immature friend: “Hey, smell this steak I’m about to eat! Just kidding that was my …. [fill in the blank].”

You: “Aeugghh!&*@”

As mentioned, the product is still in its infancy stage but may hit the app market as early as this fall.  Just one catch: You can’t actually choose the scents you send, only smells that  are in the Chat Perf device connected to your friend’s phone. If you wanted to send them a different smell each time, you would have to send them a different Chat Perf ‘attachment’, an update that would cost $62.25 each! It appears Chat Perf might still have a little way to go.

So what’s your verdict? Is this kind of like that time Samsung researchers said they were working on a smell-o-vision prototype? Is it a bogus invention being used as a marketing tool? Or does the future stink? (See what I did there?!)




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