Viridian Note 00406: Viridian Aromatizer
- Key concepts
- design contests, aromatizer,
interactive scent device, applications,
demographics and markets, Paul Groepler
- Attention Conservation Notice
- It's another in
our long series of Viridian Design Contests.
The place to find earlier Viridian Design contests.
The so-called "smell cannon." May well be an
April Fools' joke. We Viridians don't even care!
The Air Head group seeks products that help clean air.
Useful electrical power from the almighty stench of
It's time for a new Viridian Design contest, brought to
us by Paul Groepler, serial entrepreneur and Chief
Technical Officer of "Headspace Technologies, Inc.,"
in Austin, Texas.
Mr. Groepler is currently developing a computer
and cellphone peripheral that emits smells.
The device can be connected to a PC via USB or via wireless protocol, for instance
The precise specs of his patented technology
are of no relevance to us Viridians. Suffice to say
that this aroma-spreading gizmo can range from the
scale and weight of, say, a stack of two aspirins.
up to about the size of a CD player. It can therefore be plugged into computers, laptops,
cellphones, PDAs, car cigarette lighters, etc etc.
Its purpose is spritz gaseous substances. Not just
aromas, scents and perfumes, but also visible smoke,
pepper spray, ozone, fine particles of soot; just about any gaseous material. The amount
dispersed can range from a few micrograms to a few grams, over time.
The device can emit its aromas on command: quickly,
slowly, intermittently, or steadily.
Mr. Groepler is looking for inventive applications
and niche products for his infant technology. "Smell-
o-vision" has already been suggested. Smell-o-vision
is a dead medium, however, and the addition of smell
to computer games seems corny and too limited. He's
searching for something a bit more, well, Viridian.
Given our long-term interest in an atmosphere tainted
with emissions, this project is a natural for us.
Write up your suggested application for the Aromatizer. Try to make it brief and clear.
(If you can't be clear, at least be funny.) Send
your text to the Viridian Pope-Emperor at
firstname.lastname@example.org. I will collate these entries
and mail them out to the list.
This contest is similar in spirit to the "Viridian Neologue Contest." It's
not about giving shape and
form to the Aromatizer. It's about concepts for
use and exploitation.
The contest ends May 11, 2004.
The contest judge will be Paul Groepler. His
decisions are final. Furthermore, he may well put one
or more of these notions into production.
OFFICIAL BIO OF CONTEST JUDGE
"Paul F. Groepler brings over twenty-two years
of professional experience in business and technology,
having worked for such companies as Motorola, Sun
Microsystems, Daimler-Benz, Dell and IBM. Mr. Groepler
has founded or participated in the founding of eight
successful technology ventures such as Sun Microsystems
Gmbh, Technology Works, CableHealthCare, Leapfrog
Wireless and Aeon Technology B.V..
"In addition to his technology background,
Mr. Groepler was a private equity, high technology
fund manager for LB Swiss (Zurich) for 8 successful
years. Mr. Groepler performed research and design
consulting work for varied organizations ranging from
the United Nations to the Max Planck Institute, and
has applied for 12 patents. He was selected for
special study by the National Science Foundation,
and has a B.S. in Computing Science with an Electrical
Engineering option from the Texas A&M. He pursued
an MS Degree in Computer Engineering from Stanford
And now the prize. The Prize for this Viridian Contest is the very apt and
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Tyvek hood and respirator!
"The Homeland consists of an outer hood with integral
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NP1000 Filter is NIOSH-tested against radionuclides.
In addition, the manufacturer has independently-tested
the NP1000 filter against a wide range of chemicals,
including simulated nerve agents. The hood features
an extra wide, clear visor and an integral antifogging
mask which provides the wearer with an excellent view.
"Sealed and packaged for long term storage in a
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an ideal emergency escape mask & is suitable for 'evacuation use.
"Tychem material is inexpensive, lightweight &
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chloride, sulfur dioxide, formaldehyde, ammonia,
methylamine, high efficiency (hepa) against
particulates. Standard NATO 40mm thread. 15 year
shelf life, sealed for long term storage."
If you win this contest, this handsome conversation
piece and its possibly lifesaving canisters will be
shipped to you no matter where you live!
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PUT ON YOUR THINKING HOOD
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