Viridian Note 00413: Aromatizer
- Key concepts:
- Viridian Aromatizer Contest
- Attention Conservation Notice:
- Contains the last entries allowed in the contest.
The WorldChanging crew invites Viridians
to come help them brainstorm in San Francisco.
The Digital Avant Garde
Ars Electronica in New York
Celebrating 25 years of Ars Electronica
May 21 == July 18, 2004
Brazilian plastic flip-flops are now
officially the world's coolest shoes,
for some obscure geopolitical reason.
Britons, oil majors, and Rockefeller Foundation to
save planet's climate. Hey, wow. Really?
THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.
OUR JUDGE WILL ANNOUNCE A
WINNER IN DUE TIME
New (and final) entries in the Viridian Aromatizer Contest:
Stink machine entries
mktr*ydl.net (Michael King)
Additional entries for the latest Viridian contest:
Sensor in bathrooms == especially frequently used ones, like public johns in subway
stations, stadiums, office buildings, stores. Polls the odors in the air and releases a
tailored chemical spray that counteracts and neutralizes any rank smell.
Children's books: with all of the books with blinking LEDs and electronic chirping,
why not have books that add scent to the pictures. Mountain forests, the breeze across a
farmer's field, the open ocean.
Music CDs that not only have cover art and interactive video, but smells (e.g. hot
sweat for a concert album, dust for Woody Guthrie, local spices for world music).
Aid for chronic liars: those attending L.A. (Liars Anonymous) can have a device
implanted into their shoulder that emits a colored gas every time their heart rate or
pupil dilation (or whatever) indicates that they're delivering a whopper. This could, of
course be turned Clockwork Orange by making the gas nauseating making the poor bastard
retch on himself when he starts to defraud somebody.
Toy "gun": kids can dial their guns and shoot smells at each other.
Cheating spouse aid: sensor examines the cheating spouse, detects any lingering lipstick or perfume scents and counteracts them.
Vaya con olores,
For some time now, I've been enjoying the use of Internet broadcasts of foreign radio
stations. It's cool to hear the considerable differences in cultural sounds from places
I've only read about, or seen on TV. And so it's not too great a leap for me to want
this: Simulcast Scents! So what, exactly, does Paris smell like? How 'bout a Japanese
Garden? Provide links on web pages: "We protested in the streets and here's what the tear
gas smelled like."
Many Aromatizers might be built to run in tandem to pump out large amounts of
oxygenated mists, or toxins, or psychoactive substances. Any of these would find a
I'M IN BOSTON.
OR SO I HOPE