Sensabubble is a novel piece of technology that allows us to see and smell our social networking. Did you ever want to see a Tweet float in front of you or emit a smell that conjures a certain memory?
Out of the Bristol University Interaction and Graphics program, Sensabubble creates layers of information delivered through a series of colors, smells, and differently-shaped bubbles.
Images can even be projected onto the bubbles to add extra meaning. If someone sends you a tweet with a photo of their meal, Sensabuble could possibly render a photo of the food and when you pop the bubble, the smell would surround you and you’d join your friend at the restaurant right away.
“There are many areas in which bubble-based technology like SensaBubble could be applied, such as a SensaBubble clock that releases the number of scented bubbles corresponding to the hour or SensaBubble Maths, an educational game for children, which incorporates smell as feedback on their success.” – Sriram Subramanian, Professor of Human-Computer Interaction
There’s no doubt that social media and electronic notifications are a little slim when it comes to our sensory pallets. Sight and sound are only two. And we know that smell affects memory and psychological sensation greatly. With a tool like Sensabuble, we have the opportunity to integrate a more diverse sensory range in our technological experiences. What do you think about Sensabubble? Is it just a funny technology without any practical use?