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Smells

The Smells project is focused on the concept of odours, as well as their impact on the emotional state of a person as potential mood generators.

Goal

This project foresees the creation of a portable device, which could generate smells/moods, and would be comfortable to wear (almost like personal jewellery). The project’s initiators wanted people to share their moods with each other, so capsules containing a certain smell concentrate were made to be removable and easily replaceable. The main task was to investigate how odourscan be produced and which smells generate certain moods and mental associations.

How Does It Work?

The prototype is an elegant device worn around a person’s neck with detachable capsules on each side. The device is connected via bluetoothto a phone, from which you can choose a smell to produce. A final prototype with four smells was tested in various places with different people. Sometimes, the same smell was associated by a person with different moods. Kamila and Bek see many ways for the further development of this portable electronic device, which can be used in various fields: perfumery, clothing, scent guides and integration with virtual reality glasses.

Credits

Project by Kamilia Iusupova and Bek Jodosh Mederbekov, students of the HSE international Master programme 'Prototyping Future Cities' 2017 - 2019