Transcent, the gadget that will allow you to smell your photos

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transcent, the gadget that will allow you to smell your photos

Have you ever seen the photos you took of a plate of food, a day at the beach, or a field full of flowers and thought that you wish you could smell them? Your wish is my command! Or almost. This new  gadget for the home aims to achieve this. Or at least try. This is Transcent , a device that seeks to associate photographs with a memory through scents.

Transcent: Transform memory into scent

Transform memories into aromas or essences . This is the motto of this very original device. To better understand it, its developer, Youngseok Koh, has created a series of videos so that we can see it in an easier way.

But, in which way, we also want to explain how it works. The scents are obtained through  capsules that are inserted into the device itself and that are capable of emitting aromas, somewhat like a more traditional aroma diffuser. From the mobile, we can launch images from our gallery to the device and what it does is select which is the majority color, within the group of CMYK primary colors (blue, magenta, yellow and black).


Depending on the  two main colors, it offers the combination of two aromas, in the same proportion in which these colors appear. If, for example, the photo of a sunrise in Ibiza is 60% blue and 40% yellow, the combination of smells emitted would be 60% cotton and 40% citrus. The color  blue emits scent  cotton , color  magenta  scented  flowers , the color  yellow  scent  citrus and color  black  scented  wood .

In this way, it is achieved that, with only four capsules, we can have a different smell for each photo and that, in this way, it is recorded in the brain.

It is still unknown  if Transcent will go on sale and, if so, when and the price at which we will be able to buy it.