Get ready for Scentee, the future of eSmell – Japanese culture has delighted the world with many fascinating things – tea gardens, sushi, anime, Akita dogs, Akira Kurosawa, Godzilla and the Sony PlayStation. What would the world be like today without Hello Kitty, bonsai trees or judo? It’s unimaginable.

Scentee For Lovers

Image Credits: ChatPerf

And the best thing is that the innovation continues. Japanese companies are inventing things I wouldn’t have thought of. Case in point – the Scentee.

The Scentee is basically a petite scent tank filled with perfume. Users connect the device to their mobile phone’s earphone jack and later, when friends call, the device releases a fragrance simultaneous with the call. It’s a novel way to create a 4D communication experience.

On its website, ChatPerf says the Scentee is intended “for girls, for lovers, for children and for events.” But a spokesman for the company says the device might also be a hit with gamers. For instance, if you’re playing a shooter game on your phone, the Scentee could be equipped with the smell of gunpowder. But why stop there? Why not load up your scent tank with the rich aroma of baked goods when you are playing a cooking game?

The Scentee is only the latest in a long line of novel consumer products to come out of Japan. You could fill your personal library with books dedicated to “unuseless” Japanese inventions. Author Kenji Kawakami has made a career out of documenting crazy Japanese consumer products. Some of his books include Unuseless Japanese Inventions (1995), 99 More Unuseless Japanese Inventions: The Art of Chindogu (1997), 101 Unuseless Japanese Inventions (2000), Bumper Book of Unuseless Japanese Inventions (2004) and The Big Bento Box of Unuseless Japanese Inventions (2005). Each of these publications are a great read and show the ingenuity of Japanese products.

Recently, agriculturalists in Japan devised a way to grow cantaloupe embedded with the image of Hello Kitty. The Scentee, Hello Kitty cantaloupe – made you smile, didn’t I?

Eric Searleman
Based in San Francisco, Eric Searleman is an editor at Eric has worked as a newspaper reporter, a fiction editor and a comic book artist. Email him at [email protected]
Eric Searleman
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