Smellivision never really took off, and there may be enough cultural differences to stop this Japanese invention being a big hit over here – then again stranger things have happened.
The “Aroma Guer” is a USB sphere loaded with six oil-based perfume compounds that can be mixed under instruction from the Internet radio station to create just the right smell – whatever the right smell is for any particular piece of music.
Not only that, but there’s also random, shifting coloured lights to enhance the mood still further.
Whether the aromatic experience is pleasant or otherwise is presumably down to the control of the radio station. Imagine if hackers got hold of it…
As a final thought, I wonder what our Japanese food analyser would make of it?