The oPhone Duo
oSnap app screen shot
Have you ever had the desire to send your friend a scent via your smartphone? No? Me either. However that’s aside from the fact that now you actually can! Sending a scent is now possible with the all new oPhone. Harvard professor David Edwards and co-inventor Rachel Field have invented the first device that is capable of sending and receiving scents via an app on your phone. oNotes would be the equivalent of say text messages. The idea is to take a picture, tag it with oNotes and send it to a friend with an oPhone who can then smell your message.
After going on their website I found that you could be the proud owner of an oPhone for just $149.00. I’m still trying to figure out if that’s a steal or a rip-off. The mobile app oSnap is already available for iPhone users to download which consists of a collection of scents and smells that users could send to one another. Apparently capturing a scent and sending it is still out of reach at the moment. For now users could use multiple oNotes to identify the smell of whatever they are tagging. Eventually oSnap wishes to boast a more comprehensive oMedia library filled with a broad range of scents.
Edwards believes that the future of mobile communication lies in attaching scents to our pictures and creating oFilms capable of capturing a range of aromas throughout a video. I’m not sure if this technology will be as revolutionary as Edwards believes it will be but at the very least, it brings a new sense to the world of mobile communication. I would love to hear from someone who owns one of these. If you own an oPhone and have used oSnap to send oNotes, please let us know what you think of the technology and if it is as innovative as its inventor’s make it seem. Thanks for stopping by!
Palmer Luckey, 21 year old Founder of Oculus and creator of the Rift
Oculus Rift Eye Port
Welcome to the age of virtual reality. Unlike the majority of gaming inventions being released by tech-giants, this innovation came from a garage. At the young age of just 21 years old, it is likely that if you haven’t heard of Palmer Luckey, then you will hear about him in the very near future. The much anticipated technology of virtual reality might even be available later this year. Palmer Luckey’s “Oculus Rift” will be the first mass produced virtual reality gaming device to ever be released to the public. With a prototype built while still in High school, the young entrepreneur perfected his VR headset in College.
One of the problems that most companies were having with the development of virtual reality was the delay between the movement of the user and the imagery being displayed after the movement. Most people who tried to use virtual reality headsets became nauseous after just a little while of game play. When looking from left to right, users would often see a delay in their screen which resulted in a trail effect rendering the device useless. However Palmer Luckey was able to identify this issue and improve upon it to the point of near perfection. His Oculus Rift is the first device free of a delay that users can immerse themselves in virtual reality with.
Oculus, the company featuring the Rift, was recently purchased by tech giant Facebook for a whopping 2 billion dollars. It’s clear that the implications for this device are far more than just gaming. With such evolutionary graphics and image speed, people are saying the device could revolutionize everything from video games to sex. While a kickstart model is already available for purchase, Palmer Luckey urges people not to do so just yet. He wants to perfect the Oculus Rift before releasing it to the public. Oculus CEO Brenden Iribe said that he knew this would be huge after wearing the device for the first time.
Iribe explained his experience with the Oculus Rift as revolutionary. He walked around the room, turned his head and looked up and down in disbelief. Several simulation programs later, Iribe wanted to run through the simulation again and again. As for consumers who have been waiting for virtual reality, this is the Holy Grail. So get ready to have your mind blown by the Oculus Rift, and when you do, remember that it wasn’t some giant industry that spent millions in research and development who brought it to you. But rather it was Palmer Luckey, a 21 year old entrepreneur working from his garage at home.
Oculus Rift Back Panel
Oculus Rift Overhead Image