In-car Olfactory Interaction

In-car Olfactory Interaction

On-board computers of modern cars are programmed to provide the driver with information on almost everything related to the driving process. However, such messages are mostly communicated to the driver using visual and auditory stimulation. This is clear, since vision is an essential part of driving. Nevertheless, such stimulation often takes our attention away from the road. What if it was possible to notify the driver seamlessly and silently, but effectively at the same time? Sometimes haptic stimulation can be applied, but there is one interaction modality which provides much more vivid experiences than any other, without causing distraction, which is though almost completely neglected in the automotive world – the sense of smell. We study the application of smells to convey driving related information and to elicit emotions, which would enhance the driving experience. In this project we are exploring different scent-delivery devices and working on the development of our own prototype.

For more information, watch the Reuters coverage of our work.




26 February 2016



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The SCHI Lab research lies in the area of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), an area in which research on multisensory experiences makes a difference on how we design and interact with technology in the future. The interdisciplinary team explores tactile, gustatory, and olfactory experiences as novel interaction modalities.



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