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Sensor-induced Scent Release

Overview: 

We are developing novel systems for producing scent inspired by nature, for example the defense mechanism in bombardier beetles. The aim of the research is to integrate IoB's novel scent producing technology with real time data from sensing systems such that scents are produced on demand and only when required - this could be to relieve stress, improve the sleep/wake cycle (via evidence-based aromachology scents such as lavender to relax and citrus to energize), alert the user to changes in their condition, or simply to create pleasant aromas in response to a stimuli. Such technologies can be embedded into home products, mobile and gaming devices in the same line as my wearable technology projects that create a personal ‘scent bubble’ for wellness and fashion applications.

Our research unites a range of interdisciplinary technologies and disciplines including biosensors, wearable technology, aromachology, psychophysiology of smell, design and chemistry. Building on design research from Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London) through the controllable release of scent on demand, we are developing prototypes that provide the localised release of scents in response to user driven needs. Inspired by nature  and the defense mechanism in bombardier beetles, the  aim of the research is to integrate IoB's novel scent producing technology with real time data from sensing systems such that scents are produced only when they are required - this could be to reduce stress levels, enhance mood,  improve the sleep/wake cycle (via evidence-based aromachology scents such as lavender to relax and citrus to energize), alert the user to changes in their condition, recall memory or simply to create pleasant aromas in response to a stimuli. Such technologies can be embedded into home products, mobile and gaming devices in the same line as my wearable technology projects at Central Saint Martins that create a personal ‘scent bubble’ for wellness and fashion applications.

 

List of Members:

Dr Jenny Tillotson [CEB profile, Textile Futures Research Centre profile]