Latest By
Category:


Armor
Artificial Intelligence
Biology
Clothing
Communication
Computers
Culture
Data Storage
Displays
Engineering
Entertainment
Food
Input Devices
Lifestyle
Living Space
Manufacturing
Material
Media
Medical
Miscellaneous
Robotics
Security
Space Tech
Spacecraft
Surveillance
Transportation
Travel
Vehicle
Virtual Person
Warfare
Weapon
Work

"We'd have most of what we predicted of the conquest of space, if we hadn't ignored parasite control."
- Larry Niven

Odalarm  
  An alarm clock that awakens the sleeper with a selected odor.  

Why can't I buy one of these?* Not that I want it for myself; I'm just thinking of all those aromatherapy people I know. Just imagine waking up to a pleasant scent of - whatever it is that they use.

"The odalarm awoke Jorj X. McKie with a whiff of lemon. For just an instant his mind played tricks on him. He thought he was on Tutalsee's gentle planetary ocean floating softly on his garlanded island. There were lemons on his floating island, banks of Hibiscus and carpets of spicy Alyssum. His bowered cottage lay in the path of perfumed breezes ..."
From The Dosadi Experiment, by Frank Herbert.
Published by Berkley Putnam in 1977
Additional resources -

Given the fact that odors are wired into our brain even better than sound or sight, you ought to be able to really key in something that gives you the wake-up you need. Need to feel self-confident and alert for that big meeting? No problem. Need to relax for the first day of vacation? Got you covered.

There are several companies who are working on the idea of a multi-purpose (multi-scent) device; kind of like a printer for smells. Trisenx has actually released a product, the Scent Dome, a 20-channel serial port device that enables olfactory diffusion (online or offline). The unit is equipped with 20 CH-aroma cartridges, providing the user with a selection of 60 primary aromas. These aromas are like an alphabet of smells; combine the "letters" to create the distinctive smell of leaves in the fall, apple pie, etc. The device should have a variety of applications for consumers (haven't you noticed how certain stores always smell the same? and wouldn't you expect the Starbucks website to smell like coffee brewing?) as well as business (mechanics can smell burnt wiring or other sign of serious trouble). Take a closer look at the Trisenx Scent Dome for olfactory diffusion.

However, if you're just trying to get up in the morning, you might also want to try a more traditional, gravity based way to get yourself up. See the entry for mattress sleep sensor from Dream Park by Larry Niven.

* Check out the Hakugen Scent Alarm Clock!

Comment/Join this discussion ( 1 ) | RSS/XML | Blog This |

Additional resources:
  More Ideas and Technology from The Dosadi Experiment
  More Ideas and Technology by Frank Herbert
  Tech news articles related to The Dosadi Experiment
  Tech news articles related to works by Frank Herbert

Odalarm-related news articles:
  - Frank Herbert's Odalarm - Scent-Based Alarm Clock Update
  - Sad Day For Odor Alarm Clock Enthusiasts
  - Wasabi-Based Odor Alarm
  - Wasabi Smoke Alarm Now Available
  - Olfactory User Interfaces - Judith Amores Dissertation

Articles related to Lifestyle
ROAM Robotics Skiing Exoskeleton
IRL Glasses Block Screens, Limit Vision To Real Life
The Hammock Caravan And Italo Calvino's Octavia
Americans! Stay Indoors To Save Energy

Want to Contribute an Item? It's easy:
Get the name of the item, a quote, the book's name and the author's name, and Add it here.

<Previous
Next>

Google
  Web TechNovelgy.com   

 

 

Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for the Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary, the Invention Timeline, or see what's New.

 

 

 

 

More News

Flatcat Robot Recalls Both Heinlein And Simak
Sorry, you'll need to read the article.

Nuclear Batteries May Pack Inner Punch
'... the most super-valuable substance in the solar system.'

Elon Musk STILL Wants To Make Heinlein's 1940's Speedster
'As she neared the barrier the car surged and lifted...'

Mercury Capsule Ablative Shielding
'...a synthetic which air-friction would erode away.'

Heinlein And Russian Quail In Orbit
'No earth-hatched bird can learn to fly in that fashion...'

Solar Powered Robot Cleans Up Solar Panels For Free
'... with large padded feet, who were apparently polishing their way the whole length of Rama's six artificial suns.'

Spot Arm From Boston Dynamics Picks Up Like Heinlein's Hired Girl Robot
'Anything larger than a BB shot it picked up and placed in a tray on its upper surface...'

Electric Vehicle Prices Will Drop To $2,890
'the human seats took up two-thirds of the room in each'

TIGER Ultimate Mobility Vehicle From Hyundai
'He admired the fast-plodding, articulated legs...'

More SF in the News

More Beyond Technovelgy

Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise |
Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.