Now, a camera that ‘clicks’ smells

LONDON: What if you could recapture the aroma of that freshly baked birthday cake, or the whiff of your lover’s shampoo? It may be possible with this new camera! Researchers in the UK have developed a camera that can capture the scent of your memories, recording smells instead of images. 

The gadget, called Madeleine, is the invention ofdesigner Amy Radcliffe at Central Saint Martins, who set out to bring a more meaningful sensory dimension to storing our favourite memories, the Guardian reported. 

“The sense of smell has a direct link to emotional memory . It is the sense we react to most instinctively, and the furthest away from being stored or replicated digitally,” Radcliffe told the newspaper. 

In order to use the camera, a person needs to place a funnel attached to the camera over the object or environment they wish to capture. Then a pump sucks the air across an odour trap made of Tenax — a porous polymer resin which adsorbs the particles that make up the smell. 

The working prototype can take anything from a few minutes to capture the ravishing scent of fresh strawberries , to around 24 hours to store the more subtle aroma of an atmosphere. 

“It’s like a huge electric nose. It processes the particles and produces a graph-like formula that makes up the smell. From this formula you can artificially recreate the precise odour,” she said.



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