Scent Rhythm smartwatch notifies you of time via unique fragrances
We have been prattling about smartwatches and their dedicated technologies for quite some time now. But when it comes to their core level of purpose, smartwatches are envisaged as alerting devices that notify us about incoming messages, e-mails and schedules. Now, while such set of functions are handy at times, they can also prove to be quite stressful to a person especially when iterated throughout the day. Well, Aisen Caro Chacin (a teacher at the Parsons New School for Design in New York) has found a way around this stress induced predicament by bringing forth the aspect of smell. Similar to the scope of our earlier covered Ophone, the designer has opted for what is branded as the Scent Rhythm, a wearable wrist piece that can emanate various fragrances. These fragrances can be used for daily activities like waking up, relaxing and even optimized sleeping.
The Scent Rhythm which might appear to be a tad unwieldy at first, has quite a striking aesthetic appeal to it. On closer inspection, we can see four glass bulbs suspended along the top section, each of which contain around a milliliter of unique fragrance. The users can select the scent for the particular time of the day, and consequently the wrist device releases a unique fragrance every six hour interval – like, the wholesome smell of freshly brewed coffee.
The working ambit of the Scent Rhythm is advanced in its own right, and this is evident from the vapor conversion of the fragrant liquid. The ‘watch’ utilizes a piezoelectric atomizer that vibrates inaudibly (at ultrasonic frequency) to transform the liquid into vapor. So basically, it works like a notifying mini fog machine that combines the elements of both olfaction and chronoception.
The entire set-up is powered by a built-in Li-ion battery pack, which is rechargeable through a micro USB port embedded on the wristband. The scope is also practical in the usable stage, with each charge typically allowing 24 hours of fragrance oriented functioning.
All images are courtesy of Vivian Xu.