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The Scent Rhythm Watch Tells Time By Releasing Fragrances 79

Posted by samzenpus
from the smells-like-dinner-time dept.
Zothecula writes "Glancing at a clock face in one form or another has been the de facto way to measure the passage of time. Aisen Caro Chacin though, is exploring a different perspective. She wants to give everyone the ability to tell time using their noses. Her chemical-based watch called the Scent Rhythm emits specially-designed fragrances in minute doses, in tune with circadian cycle of the human body. You get a fragrance of coffee in the morning, the smell of money in the afternoon, a relaxing whiskey scent in the evening, and a soothing chamomile fragrance at night. More than being merely pleasant, each chemically-supplemented scent aims to induce action appropriate to the time of day; the caffeine in the coffee scent for example, aims to trigger the person into being more active."
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The Scent Rhythm Watch Tells Time By Releasing Fragrances

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 30, 2014 @09:15PM (#46116213)
    I don't want to smell other people's scent watches all the time. What if everyone had one? I wonder if you could play a joke and replace the coffee scent with fart scent.
    • Or spray some chamomile scent and watch everyone fall asleep.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward

        FTFS:" tune with circadian cycle of the human body. [...] each chemically-supplemented scent aims to induce action appropriate to the time of day"


        This submission takes the cake for pointless slashvertisement that insults even the most advanced dimwitted slashdotter's meager intelligence. Fucking low.

        • by koan (80826)

          Probably the authors girl friend...

          advanced dimwitted


        • Yes, it reeks of gimmick to me too.

          • by Quirkz (1206400)

            Ha ha. I've got to hand it to you for that one. I don't know whether to clock you or chime in with a pun of my one.

        • by msauve (701917)
          It's obvious the inventor is too stupid to be able to tell morning, day, evening and night apart without a watch.
        • by AmiMoJo (196126) *

          No no, I think this could work. Stale pizza and beer in the morning to get to you eat breakfast, followed exhaust gas when you need to commute. Nicotine incense every hour to remind you to have a smoking break. Intense BO about 6PM so you take a shower after work, followed by some rotting fish to put you off your evening meal and encourage weight loss. Finally more BO to remind you to change the bedsheets.

          Who wouldn't want something like that?

        • FTFS:" tune with circadian cycle of the human body. [...] each chemically-supplemented scent aims to induce action appropriate to the time of day"

          Jack Vance?

          Somewhere out beyond the Gaean Reach...

      • by flyneye (84093)

        Or chocolate chip cookies and listen to everyones belly churn.

    • by mlts (1038732)

      I assume the fart scent means quittin' time, or would be that the mid-afternoon scent after lunch?

      • I assume the fart scent means quittin' time, or would be that the mid-afternoon scent after lunch?

        I thought that would be the elevator smell. Oh wait, maybe that's just when "I" ride the elevators.

      • by koan (80826)

        It's actually coffee scent :30

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I don't want to smell other people's scent watches all the time. What if everyone had one? I wonder if you could play a joke and replace the coffee scent with fart scent.

      The fart scent is already reserved to tell you when to take a dump.

    • I'd fill mine with cadaverine and mercaptan then put it near the desk of the woman that bathes and gargles in Emerude, cause she cooks up the bacon and brings it home like a man.

  • the scent of a woman.....
  • Probably a good idea but for some reason it makes me think of a woman throwing a goat off the roof.
  • by Fluffeh (1273756) on Thursday January 30, 2014 @09:39PM (#46116353)

    Seriously, the Chinese had pretty much this [] from the mid 900's.

    • by icebike (68054)

      Yeah, not quite the same thing.

      That one fills your living room.
      The scent watch just looks ridiculous on your wrist.

    • Yeah, the clock face being de facto is also a bit limited--there are plenty of places (probably mostly colleges) where clocktowers toll the hour or chime the quarter-hour marks. Really we can tell time with any sense we want--I'm sure there are braile watches, for example.

  • Just smells like marijuana all the time ?
  • by Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) on Thursday January 30, 2014 @09:42PM (#46116369)

    I already have scents that tell me the time:

    - Morning farts tell me it's time to get up
    - The company's secretary's overpowering patchouli perfume tells me it's past 10 am (and that she's late to work again)
    - Greasy odors from the fish and chips next door tell me it's almost noon
    - Beer burps from my bro tell me it's past 4pm
    - Burnt smells from my wife's cooking tell me it's almost 8 pm (and that I'm not all that hungry)
    - The faint smell of vaseline tells me it's time for bed (and that missus is horny)

    • by vux984 (928602)

      Your life stinks.

    • by rubycodez (864176)

      don't use vaseline as a sexual lubricant, being oil based and not water soluable residues can cause problems including infection by trapping bacteria and molds

  • by alexhs (877055) on Thursday January 30, 2014 @09:53PM (#46116421) Homepage Journal

    the smell of money in the afternoon

    But... money has no smell !??
    Searching for the translation for the french "L'argent n'a pas d'odeur", it seems the english equivalent has no widespread use? Anyway, I just learned that the expression dates back from almost two thousand years ago [].
    For the curious here are the google results:
    "l'argent n'a pas d'odeur": About 1,540,000 results (0.21 seconds)
    "money has no smell": About 17,000 results (0.22 seconds)
    "money doesn't stink": About 155,000 results (0.12 seconds)

    • Yes it does and it's really foul.

    • by Cimexus (1355033)

      You're right - I've never heard that expression in English.

      Having said that, for some countries, it's true. Quite a few places (Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Canada, some Hong Kong denominations, and probably many others) now use the polymer banknotes which really don't have much of a smell, unlike the old paper/linen notes. I suppose coins still have a bit of a smell though (metallic-ish).

      • New Aussie bank notes certainly do have a smell. And it is not that unpleasant. A mix of plastic and talcum powder. Maybe it is added to ensure the notes can be dispensed smoothly.

        • by Cimexus (1355033)

          Hmm, now I'm going to have to go check. I live in the US but have some (non-new) Australian, Singaporean and HK notes in my wallet (all polymer)...

  • ... I love the smell of napalm in the morning.

  • Oh, that's just dog shit on my shoe.
  • Smell of money in the afternoon: I wonder why conclusion we can have on the person that decided afternoon should scent money.
  • Oh, yes, it's bored "hacker" o'clock!

  • Aisen Caro Chacin []. Wacky but nothing you haven't heard of before.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Totally Behind this 1000%! WOO! Go HUMANS!

  • Cutting the day into 4 pieces? I'm pretty sure I can guess the time +/- 2 hours without any help.

    • Cutting the day into 4 pieces?

      Sssshuuuutuuuup. You'll awaken the mummified corpse of Gene Ray [].

      Actually, he seems to have moved a little beyond harmless eccentricity:

      Children will be blessed for Killing Of Educated Adults Who Ignore 4 Simultaneous Days Same Earth Rotation.

      Adults Eat Teenagers Alive, No Record Of Their Death.

      All that inappropriate capitalisation. It's like reading Slashdot headli-

      Oh. My. God. He's here.

    • by Quirkz (1206400)

      Yeah, I was going to say the same. Even without a watch I'm usually accurate to 5 or 10 minutes just based on my internal clock. I don't need a smell to suggest it's morning, afternoon, or evening, any more than I need a foghorn to announce the changing of the seasons.

  • by jpellino (202698) on Friday January 31, 2014 @12:38AM (#46117201)

    First, if your circadian rhythm is so exquisitely timed (and it is), why use a watch that arbitrarily cuts the day into four parts?

    Second, there is no reason to believe that smelling things four times a day can synchronize your rhythms.

    Third, these are "homeopathic" doses of the magic stuff she claims works. Sniffing a minute whiff of caffeine in the air around you has an indistinguishable-from-zero effect. Were it otherwise, heart patients would have a tough time walking past a Starbucks.

    Finally, you can get a Ph.D. for writing this: "Does our psychological perception of scent- e.g. incense= relax, coffee= wake up, directly related to the chemical synapses they induce?"


  • What scent for sexy time? Fish? Cheese? Candles? Leather? Urine? Feces?
  • But I need a cloclk that can tell me if I'm still on time for my 3:25 meeting and not if it's morning, afternoon or night.

    That's what the big sky-light outside is for.

  • Now that nobody has jobs anymore, I guess it's not important to know precisely what time it is... Is there a "Vienna Sausage o'clock" so people know to go pick up their welfare checks?

  • I've always wanted a clock that could tell me whether it's morning, afternoon or evening.

  • Aside from annoying everyone else w/ your scentochronometer, it's a waste of resources. Repackage into a nose-piercing and it'll be both more economical and better targeted.

    Still incredibly stupid, but heck, the guy who invented Pet Rocks got rich. So if they'll buy it, you should build it.

You know you've landed gear-up when it takes full power to taxi.