Just when you thought people couldn’t possibly spend more time on their phones, a startup in Cambridge (of course) has come up with a way to add a little more dimension to messages by integrating them with scents.
Want friends to salivate over the garlic shrimp you’re about to devour, or your super-sized steaming mug of joe? A new iPhone app called oSnap allows users to attach scents to photos. oSnap is currently available for free download from the Apple App Store. The app allows people to take and make oNotes, which are photos, texts, and audio files that are tagged with scents and then shared. Much like tagging in Facebook, a user can click anywhere on the screen and add one of the various “confection” (butter, caramel, brown sugar, etc.) or “plantation” scents (balsamic, cocoa bean, yogurt). At the moment, it seems that people need a Facebook account to use the app, which already has people complaining, but that may change. The “aroma vocabularies” will increase, and developer Vapor Communications will continue expanding the available options.