Patent Pick: Scent-driven 'Time Travel'


Patent Picks are chosen by the editors from publicly available sources. Today's highlight is an entertainment device driven by scent to enable the user to "time travel."

Scent-driven ‘time travel’
WIPO Patent Application WO/2015/143511
Publication date: Oct. 1, 2015
Assignee: Luis Henrique de Albuquerque Maranhão

As has been reported, scent holds a powerful trigger for memory and emotion. In relation, the present diclosure describes a public entertainment device then enables the user to experience "travel" to a different era or a point in their memory by simulating real scent, sight and sound. It may be used to recall eras, moments, situations, trends, cultures, collections, etc., to provide moments of pleasure, joy and nostalgia. Further, according to the inventor, it can allow participants to present moments lived in the past to their friends and relatives in a vivid manner.

The machine includes scents and perfumes from other eras associated with images, sounds and songs of the chosen decade or time. The physical machine consists of a portable interactive box with an inner room stylized and decorated as necessary. It comprises a visual system of television monitors and projectors, an air circulation system capable of providing specific aromas by means of fragrance, a refrigeration system, and seats for accommodating the public.

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