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PCs Stink - ScentScape

The greatest thing about the PC: nobody can stop anybody from making things for it.

The worst thing about the PC: nobody can stop anybody from making things for it. For instance, a device that lets you smell World of Warcraft.

ScentScape is USB gizmo that releases various odours to suit the game/bit of game you're currently playing. It probably uses magic, or chemicals, or both. It's a $70 unit techno-air freshner refillable with $24 cartridges that last 200 hours.

The smells? Well, 20 in total, and so far we know of pine forest, smoke, flowers and ocean. No "charred flesh" or "Boomer vomit" then, eh?

We don't actually know which games are supported, but the pic on their website looks suspiciously like WoW. More details here – includes 'volume' control!

Here's a little taste (well, not taste – you'll probably need a different unit for that) of it in action, albeit with a TV focus. Skip to about 3.50 in.

What would you like to smell while gaming, readers? In my case, anything other than the mild odour of burning dust from inside my long-overdue-for-a-clean PC case would be a welcome change. I might get one of these, or I might just put some flowers on my desk instead.

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