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  • 14 May 2014, 12:14

Message Scent: iPhone Accessory Can Send Smells

A smartphone device which can send and receive up to 300,000 different smells will go on sale next month.

The oPhone atomiser accessory - which connects to iPhones and contains advanced scent chips - will hit the Indiegogo crowdfunding site on June 17.

Users will be able to download a free companion app called oSnap which allows them to tag an image with a scent from a select palette of aromas.

The app contains 32 different smells which can be combined, giving the possibility of up to 300,000 unique aromas.

The accessory will cost $150 (89) to pre-order, and deliveries are expected to take place next year.

A pack of four scent chips will cost $20 (12), which are replaced in the same way as printer ink cartridges.

Public demonstrations of the technology will take place in June at Le Laboratoire in Paris, France.

The device was created by Harvard professor David Edwards, who has previously experimented with edible packaging and inhalable caffeine and chocolate.

In a statement his firm Vapor Communications said: "Over the next year, this new communication platform will evolve to allow users to send and receive scent-infused messages and ultimately transform the way we communicate."

Prof Edwards believes the phone device is "just the start" and that smell technology will become more advanced over time.

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