What will the printer of the future look like?
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 that allows the consumer to approach their favourite 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.
There are five cartridges of fundamental flavour profiles Acid/Bitter/Sweet/Spicy/Salty, plus an additional “enhancement” cartridge, which allows one to perceive meat, adipose and even “umami”, the sixth flavour 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 flavour cartridges combine with seven wax cartridges with the primary scents that exist in nature, such as floral, mint, ethereal, camphorated, musky and pungent putrid, practically allowing the replication of any existing possible combination.
SENSE has a micro-printer that mixes 13 wax cartridges and melts them to emit the smells and flavours, simulating an integral olfactory and gustatory experience.
The mixture of these 13 cartridges between smells and flavours allows users to perceive what they see on their device’s screen. Because SENSE prints small translucent tasting leaves that dissolve in his palate, the user can smell them at the nose’s height through the computer screen.
SENSE has a touch-sensitive display that provides ease and agility in gathering 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 recreated in Braille language to improve the navigation of blind people and be programmed by voice. New SENSE applications can also be downloaded from the Internet to enhance and increase the client’s sensory experience.