Scent Whisper (2006)

Scent Whisper is a jewellery set that dispenses fragrances in response to a sensor. The two pieces focus on a spider and the defence mechanism in bombardier beetles that squirt predators with a high-pressure jet of boiling liquid in a rapid-fire action. The devices involve microfluidics and wireless technology that link a remote sensor with a fragrance-dispensing unit to create two items of jewellery that constitute the "wireless web". A message is "scent by a wireless web" from a spider to a bombardier beetle brooch that sprays a minute sample of fragrance. The purpose is to benefit human wellbeing, through olfaction stimulation of the autonomic nervous system, and as a novel communication system to send an aroma "message" that could be seductive (pheromones), protective (insect repellent or poison), healing (lavender) or informative (leaking gas). The user whispers a secret message into a spider brooch, which transmits the message via radio ...

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Scent Whisper is a jewellery set that dispenses fragrances in response to a sensor. The two pieces focus on a spider and the defence mechanism in bombardier beetles that squirt predators with a high-pressure jet of boiling liquid in a rapid-fire action. The devices involve microfluidics and wireless technology that link a remote sensor with a fragrance-dispensing unit to create two items of jewellery that constitute the "wireless web". A message is "scent by a wireless web" from a spider to a bombardier beetle brooch that sprays a minute sample of fragrance. The purpose is to benefit human wellbeing, through olfaction stimulation of the autonomic nervous system, and as a novel communication system to send an aroma "message" that could be seductive (pheromones), protective (insect repellent or poison), healing (lavender) or informative (leaking gas). The user whispers a secret message into a spider brooch, which transmits the message via radio to a beetle brooch worn by a partner. The spider's sensor, implanted in its abdomen records the humidity of the users breath, which subsequently releases a minute spray of scent from the beetle onto a localized area, creating a personal "scent bubble". Scentsory Design® paves the way to an expanded life, making the most of what the senses have to offer.

The purpose is to increase creativity, expressions and visions, spark little reminders, expand colour, texture, sounds and taste, and push the boundaries of the senses we were not aware that we had. It transforms negative mood states into good sensation, releasing scents to help sleep, boost confidence, relax, energize, arouse, increase self-esteem, expand the imagination, bring people out of their shells, define self-image and open our sense of wonder.

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