NTT Communications has developed a ‘fragrance communication’ system that makes it possible to send a variety of different fragrances using the internet.
The company, which is a subsidiary of Japan telecommunications business NTT, calls the invention the I-Aroma service, and will be product tested in July and August, before it is launched, according to web-based news provider Crunch Gear.
The system is based on a 15cm high USB device, which contains six base oils. These oils can be blended and vaporized according to the online commands that are sent through to the diffuser, making it possible to create a wide variety of different fragrances.
Currently there are two prototypes, one which was developed through a professional astrologist to emit odors that reflect the dominant planets on any given day, and another, designed by an aroma therapist, to reflect the different times of day and lifestyles.
NTT is also rumoured to be developing cell phones equipped with fragrance cartridges that are capable of emitting a variety of fragrance combinations, the report added.