Techwatch: Apr. 29, 1996

SWEET SMELL OF...SILICON?

Convinced that smelling is believing, Arizona-based Ferris Productions Inc. last week unveiled the Experience System, a virtual-reality game station with an olfactory add-on.

A mere $12,000 buys the system: a heat-sensitive chair that contours to the body and simulates zero gravity; a million-pixel, head-mounted display that feeds the eyes, headphones that fill the ears, and a quarter-inch hose that fits under the nose.

Our test-sniff report: though it is relaxing to smell "brine" while virtual scuba diving, the cybertrees in the "forest" begin to hint of Pine-Sol after a few minutes, and a flight though the "atmosphere" leaves...

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