Google, makers of the fame internet search engine, investors in future tech, and pioneers in commercial space flight (and no stranger to practical jokes, fyi) has just released a video for a new system known as Google Nose Beta. For too long, the video claims, people have been restricted when searching the internet, relying on clumsy explanations and words that just don’t capture the proper feel of what they are looking for.
And what’s more, the internet is so often a feast for the eyes and the ears, but sadly neglects an all-important sense that is so near and dear to our hearts. When it comes right down to it, our olfactory senses go beyond simply observing and witnessing and phenomena and make us a part of it. So why haven’t we found a way to include smells into our daily internet activity?
Apparently, this new system combines “photons with infrasound waves” and “temporarily aligns molecules to emulate a particular scent,” Google Nose allows users to experience simulated smells from various environments. And when it comes to identifying them, users can rely on the “mobile aroma indexing program” at the heart of the product which has amassed a “15 million scentibyte database of smells from around the world.”
And this is just the latest in a long string of quirky (and hilariously impossible) inventions brought to you by Google. Who can forget the 2007 TiSP, “a self-installed, ad-supported online service that will be offered entirely free to any consumer with a WiFi-capable PC and a toilet connected to a local municipal sewage system.” And what about Gmail Paper, a service that Google said would allow Gmail users to request paper copies (via postal service, of course) of their emails?
Sound too good to be true? Well that’s because it is, not to menti0n pretty damn ridiculous. But like any good sci-fi geek, it made me wonder, “just what would it take to make something like this real?” Within seconds, I was wondering if a quantum internet could theoretically beam particles into your laptop that would simulate a certain scent, but that’s as far as I got.
I think that’s the downside to being a geek. Our imaginations often mean we have a tenuous grasp on what’s real and what’s not. In the meantime, check out the hilarious video below, and learn more about this latest prank by clicking here.