June 14, 2006

Nokia Scentsory

nokia_scentsory.jpg Industrial Design MA students from London's Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design have been working to create concepts for mass market mobile devicea capable of providing 4G or 5G multimedia services. The Register reports.

"The students worked for a cash prize and, more importantly, for the chance to work side-by-side with Nokia's design team during a summer placement at the Nokia design studios.

The winning design was the Nokia Scentsory.

In closed mode you use it like a slim candy bar phone, in open mode you can use the screens and keyboard. But the real piece of resistance is the Scentsory mode that uses scent detectors that "allow you to see, hear, feel and smell your caller's environment".

More on "The Future of Mobile Design":

-- Concept Phone Bracelet - Another concept from the Nokia Design sponsored project - blogged yesterday. By Jack Godfrey Wood - a student at Central St Martins College of Art & Design.

-- nokia_111.jpg-- Nokia Shows Off Concept Phones - Cellular News reports on Central Saint Martins (CSM) College of Art and Design at the Future of Mobile Design exhibition - with a picture and description of the winning entry; Daniel Meyer's handset designed to sit as a picture frame.

Related to cell phones, scent detectors and transmitters

-- Tech Innovation ‘Noses’ Into Phones - Jeong Kim, the head of Bell Labs, predicts technical innovations will bring cell phones that identify their owners by smell.

--Transmitting fragrance by SMS - According to researchers, XML Smell, can define in universal and standardised way the transmission of smell which allows the transmission of fragrances by email, by SMS to a mobile phone, or via a TV show.

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