oPhone device lets users text smells to their friends

In television, sometimes anchors will say that they wish it was called "smell-o-vision." This typically happens when a restaurant is on-air showcasing some new dishes.

However, the concept is something that we've all imagined--the ability to send a smell to someone. And no, we're not talking about ripping one in a group of people and then quickly running away.

Vapor Communications , a team of 10 individuals, have engineered the oPhone, which they say has the capability to digitally send smells. In theory, a friend in New York could send the smell of a cheeseburger to a friend in Paris.

How does it work?

The oPhone is the physical device that creates the smell, however, in order to send a particular aroma you must download an app, called oSnap , onto your iPhone.

Basically, a user snaps a photo and then breaks that smell down into its specific aromas. The oPhone device contains 32 aroma cartridges that can be mixed to create over 300,000 different aromas, according to the company's website.

A user then sends over the image and the smell to the other user, who accepts it and stands over the oPhone device which creates the scent. You can watch the video below to learn more.

Vapor Communication is hoping to fund the future of its project through crowdfunding . They are hoping to raise about $150,000.

Two "Hotspots" are located in Paris and at the American Museum of Natural History in New York which feature the oPhone. If you're in the area, you may be able to try out the oPhone hotspot for yourself.

On Tuesday, the company announced its first successful transatlantic scent transmission.

Currently, the scents are based on food experiences, however, the company said its "scent vocabularies" will expand.

Whether or not the device becomes a hot commodity, the intriguing part is that the technology is there.

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