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SENSE: How do you envision the printer of the future?
Just imagine! What would happen if you could smell, touch and taste anything from your computer screen before buying it?
Internet browsing, consumer habits, trends, and experiences evolve as new technology innovates interactive media with ease of access no matter the time or place.
As part of the project "the end of design" CD&I Associates projected 13 visions of the future world, from products and strategies to control the traffic of cities, new lighting systems, and domestic virtual pets, to SENSE, a wireless device which allows the consumer to approach their favorite websites, movies through a robust, sensitive, and emotional connection using games, creating experiences with the user. Through a new multi-sensory interactive surface, you can feel, touch, smell and taste the products that appear on the screen. SENSE is a new device that increases the sensory experiences of consumers.
To emit the smells and flavors, SENSE has a micro-printer that mixes 13 wax cartridges and melts them, allowing to simulate an integral olfactory and gustatory experience.
There are five cartridges of fundamental flavor profiles Acid/Bitter/Sweet/Spicy/ Salty, plus an additional "enhancement" cartridge, which allows one to perceive meat, adipose, and even "umami", the sixth flavor discovered by the scientist, Kikunae Aqueda, at the beginning of the last century which describes the taste characteristics of seaweed soup or soy sauce typical of Asian cuisine
The five flavor cartridges are combined with seven wax cartridges with the primary scents that exist in nature, such as floral, mint, ethereal, camphorated, musky, pungent, and putrid, practically allowing the replication any existing possible combination.
The mixture of these 13 cartridges between smells and flavors allows the user to perceive the things he sees on the screen of his device, and because SENSE prints small translucent tasting leaves that dissolve in his palate, the user is able to perceive them at the height of the nose through the computer screen.
SENSE has a touch-sensitive display that provides ease and agility in the gathering of information and allows you to recreate the tactile experiences of the selected products. To do this, the user puts his hand in the SENSE case and through the SENSE of touch or mechanic reception, perceives the different qualities of the objects like the pressure, temperature, roughness, softness, or hardness, thanks to the fact the many nerve receptors of the human hand.
SENSE could even be used to read texts that are recreated in Braille language to improve the navigation of blind people, and could also be programmed by voice. New SENSE applications can also be downloaded from the Internet to enhance and increase the sensory experience of the client.