With cloud support, the complex applications such as smell analysis are now possible as mobile apps, I suppose.
Is it now possible to recerate smell at the application level using the cloud based smell recipes and some kind of a chemical cartridge ( like a color printer cartridge) having some basic chemicals capable of generating the required smell based upon recipes.
Can some App developer take this idea? It will smell a good business!!
Identifying the Smell or Perfume is not yet possible; the author is just making a guess that with the application of the cloud and the sensors from Sensirion it would become possible to identify the smell or Perfume. Although it not so simple as it is written in the article. Still today no one has identified basic smells as we have identified basic colours. Through basic colours we can make any colour. But the same is not true for Smells.
Some interesting professional uses for this app, but I thought the concept of scratch-and-sniff was just plain silly. And I don't like those perfumed ads that sometimes get inserted into your paper or magazine.
Ever wonder what they are detecting on Star Trek when they detect life signs? I figure they are more like life odors. An electronic 'dog nose' is really the first step to building a real tricorder. It needs to smell the air. Your dog doesn't just smell people. It can identify which one is you. I think this is really cool technology.
But I am talking about the production of the desired colors - depending upon the resolution available we can create required no of shades of colors as we want. We can aalso match a shade exactly by a correct combination of basic colors.
Similarly even if we may not know how a partcular smell is perceived by our sensory system, we may be able to atleast reproduce a smell based upon its recipe ( the percentage of the basic components). This will enable us to transmit the Smell alongwith picture , video.
In Virtual reality context , this is the important area that we are still missing, in my opinion
@prabhakar: We can aalso match a shade exactly by a correct combination of basic colors.
Well ... sort of -- maybe -- it all depends. Most of us have three different types of color cones/receptors, so the mixing of CMYK pigments works well for us (similarly for mixing RBG light) -- but some people have four types of color receptors, and I think they do not get as good an experiance from the standard image generation techniquies we use. Check out the Tetrachromats, Pentachromats, Etc. topic in my paper on color vision.