New technology makes scents of the Internet
Internet users in Britain might soon be able to spice up their emails with an added whiff of a well-chosen scent.
According to a report in the Times newspaper, a British Internet service provider plans to market what is being called a "scent dome", which would plug into customers' computers much like a printer.
Inside the device would be 20 disposable pockets of different scents, which could be combined - much like the coloured ink cartridges on a printer - to make up to 60 identifiable different smells.
These would be released by electronic signals sent through a broadband Internet connection.
As well as embellishing emails to loved ones with a burst of a favourite perfume, users could also let themselves be alerted to incoming mail by the waft of baking bread or coffee.
Telewest Broadband, the company involved, is testing the scent pods and hopes to make them available for about $475, the paper reported.