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Creating Your Own Scent With The Madeleine by ember365: 11:45am On Aug 25, 2013
The Madeleine tagged the "Analog Odor Camera" is a student project by Amy Radcliffe of the university of the Arts, London. The simple device captures scents so they can be replicated chemically. Composed of two parts—a graduated dome and a ceramic geometric vacuum with leather straps that holds a simple glass odor trap with a filter inside it. It uses headspace technology to achieve this.
According to Radcliffe's instructions, one need only isolate the odor within the dome, switch Madeleine on to absorb the scent and then seal off the trap. Once that's done, the filter can be submitted for analysis, the scent's chemical signature decoded, and then the odor can easily be turned into a liquid fragrance.

That data is expressed in a graph-like formula, which essentially contains a fingerprint of the smell. In a special lab, that formula can then be inscribed on a bronze disk to artificially reproduce the smell. The smell can also be recreated in small vials.

Seems pretty easy doesn't it, but sometimes the process can take minutes and other times most of the day. Rather than aiming to produce a working product," Radcliffe explains, the project "was more to open this discussion on the power of scent memory."

Smell is perhaps the sense that has been most neglected by human technology. Our devices and their interfaces — tangible, tactile — exploit the nuances of touch. Even taste, that oh-so-sensory of senses, marches forward armed with technological augmentation: we are, as a culture, obsessed with innovation in food preparation, using new machines and new chemicals to create flavors and textures never before imagined.

This brings up so many possibilities, one being making devices that can actually transform scents, aroma into transferable mediums that can be sent over cellular network and enjoyed by the receiver. But for now we'll just have to make do with capturing everyday scents or moments we want frozen in time forever.


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