It may be 20-30 years before we start “smelling” games

By Stephany Nunneley, Friday, 22 May 2009 16:14 GMT

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Professor Bob Stone, research director at Birmingham University’s Human Factors Integration Defense Technology Center, says that “smelling” technology will not be integrated into consoles anytime soon.

“With current levels of technology and, bearing in mind the complexity of how smell is linked to memory, spacial awareness and even emotion, I can’t see how it’s going to be used,” he told IncGamers.

“We’re looking at 20 to 30 years before this technology works.

Good thing. No one wants to smell a war trench, or rabid zombie breath anyway.

Stone added that technology such as this would also have “delivery problems” because it would not only be “noisy and clunky”, it would be hard to remove the smells from the area.

Currently, the UK’s Ministry of Defense funds a project that allows soldiers to detect “foul smells” during training so they can sniff out trouble.

MailOnline, previously reported that this sort of technology “is expected to be taken up by manufacturers of top-selling consoles – such as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3”.

Via Kotaku.

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