08. 07. 2005
A Whisper of Scent
Back when I was living in
However, if designer Jenny Tillotsen has her way, I'll be able to luxuriate in my own scent bubble at any time, thanks to a series of scent-producing brooches she has created. "Scent Whisper" is a jewelry set that dispenses fragrance. The set is comprised of a spider and bombardier beetle, which communicate wirelessly, triggering a small sample of scent from the beetle when a message is whispered to the spider.
Jenny was another panelist on the Siggraph 2005 Special Session panel on Extreme Fashion. Her work on "scentsory design" is fairly unique, and very well developed. Though she's deemed herself "non-technical" Dr. Tillotsen has a bevy of research to back up her assertions that incorporating scent-based design into the everyday will improve quality of life. Like many, I may have been skeptical at first (just mention our sense of smell and some people will immediately think something vulgar) but I have seen Jenny present her work at multiple venues in
And let's face it, these beetle/spider sets look cool! (They certainly did in the Siggraph 2005 Cyberfashion Show.)