Few months ago Japanese fragrance startup Scentee came with idea to launch Hana Yakiniku (“Nose Grilled Meat”), an add-on device for smartphones designed to upgrade your dining experience by giving off the aroma of a delicious Yakiniku BBQ dinner. This project has encountered a approval and interest of triple Michelin-starred restaurant in Spain and Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz, of the restaurant Mugaritz who hopes to bring the concept of “Smell-O-Vision” to its guests through the development of a new mobile app.
This new digital app should diffuse the smell of the restaurant’s dishes from a small plug-in accessory that attaches to the phone via an earphone jack. Basically, you will smell something you like while eating something different really. The scent is available in three options – short ribs, beef tongue and buttered potato.
Developers also envision the scent app being used as a more fragrant alert for alarms, emails, Facebook “Likes” and other messages. Imagine waking up in the morning to the smell of freshly ground coffee, instead of a loud beeping. The small device retails for $35 USD while cartridges are $5 and includes enough scent for 100 sprays. Aromas that are already available include strawberry, lavender, coffee and rosemary.