Smells Won't Stink Up Consoles For Decades

Sight, sound and smell. Gaming has the first two covered — and maybe soon the third as well. Then again, maybe not.

In the UK, the Ministry of Defence is part-funding a project that releases foul smells during training vids so soldiers can learn to smell trouble. According to the MailOnline, this tech "is expected to be taken up by manufacturers of top-selling consoles – such as the Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3".

According to Professor Bob Stone, research director at Birmingham University's Human Factors Integration Defence Technology Centre, the smell tech won't be hitting consoles anytime soon. Here's why: "With current levels of technology and, bearing in mind the complexity of how smell is linked to memory, spacial awareness and even emotion, I can't see how it's going to be used," says Professor Stone. "We're looking at 20 to 30 years before this technology works."

He adds, "As long as you've got something that needs to be physically wafted at the human face you'll have delivery problems because it's going to be noisy, clunky and you'll not be able to remove the smell." That stinks.

No Smells On Consoles For "Decades" [IncGamers]


    Besides the technical difficulties, imagine the legal implication if someone has an allergic reaction or an asthma attack from odour emitted a games console.
    Don't scoff - remember people have had epileptic fits from watching certain TV programs/video games.

    I'd rather not have the smells of the battlefield being blown into my face whilst I'm trying to enjoy a match of my favourite shooter.

    Works for a military training sim, but no, don't pretend that the average consumer wants their livingroom/gaming space stunk up by synthetic odours.

    If anybody else has ever been around those timed scent dispersal things, you'll know that it's very bad if you're too close, and you barely notice it if you're too far away... Although, as long as the chemicals aren't toxic, I suppose they could just attach the device to your controller (like the PS3 keypad)... Still, I'm not sure if I'd want to have something smelling like a rotting corpse (Dead Rising anybody?) attached to my controller. Especially since the spray would most likely leave a lasting smell on the player/victimm (kinda like the smell you can usually find on the inside of the lids of spray on deodorants after people test them to see what the smell is like that will never go away).

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