Scentee allows you to smell food… with your smartphone

What if you could smell food through your smartphone? That is what Scentee does. Yeah, this seems like a stupid idea, but it should be interesting nonetheless. Apparently, Scentee is designed for people on a diet, short on cash so unable to eat certain foods.

Here’s how this piece of madness works. You’ll be required to purchase scented cartridges that come in flavors such as grilled meats, buttered potatoes, coffee, corn soup, cinnamon rolls, apples, strawberries and many more. Now, in order to taste and smell food with the scented cartridges, you’ll need to plug the cartridge into the phone along with downloading the Hana Yakiniku app. From the app, you can choose the scent you want and voila, the scent of grilled meat is all around you.

In theory, you could have a bowl of dumplings in front of you with no meat and use this product to taste meat with your dumplings. That’s may be because you’re broke, yet for some reason you have money to buy scented cartridges and high-end smartphones. Let’s not dig too deep into the flaws of this product though. So again, bowl of dumplings with no meat. You activate the scent you want, and it should feel like you’re actually eating dumpling covered with chicken.

While this might sound like a crazy idea, it could work for some people so we won’t fully disregard this product as complete nonsense. Heh, we’re kidding, it is absolute nonsense.

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[via Scentee]

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5 comments

  1. Rekha

    I wouldn’t dismiss this product just yet.

    I can see some willing participants:

    A vegetarian or vegan unable to get their favourite food while travelling abroad.

    Someone bored of the local cuisine and unwilling to risk offending their taste buds.

    High-risk category individuals who have to monitor their diet.

    Coffee and chocolate addicts like me who can settle for the smell than the cuppa/bar …it’s the often the aroma that invigorates me, more than taste.

    If the predictions/analysis come true, very few people will have access to chocolates in a couple of decades. This app comes in handy to recreate the old magic – you can buy the smartphone once and be done…you can’t buy chocolates on a whim when it becomes as expensive as gold.

    An open mind made it possible to accept the inventions and innovations that are now part of our everyday life.

  2. Bob

    Impressive lack of information.

    How long do cartridges last?

    How many scents are avaliable in each one, do you need a meat, fruit, spice or will one service all?

    How much?

    Not really enough information in the article to form any real opinion.

  3. etim

    Oh, those wild and crazy Japanese! No wonder the rest of the world wants to be just like them!

    Actually, I think something like this was tried in movie theaters back in the 50s and was called smellivision. Didn’t go over too well then, either.