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Olfactory Display: Using smell in VEs

In two master projects Sonja Haselhoff (2006) and Dirk Becker (2007) worked on the integration and evaluation of smell in interactive virtual environments. The Sniffman, a portable device delivering up to 32 different smells, was utilized to augment the physical or the virtual 3D space with location dependent smell.

We also developed a VR System component to support rendering of smell appropriate to the user position in 2006/7. The approach works similar to audio rendering. A smell source is positioned in the virtual world. The amount of smell evaporated depends on the distance of the user to the smell source. Stay tuned for a publication in this, probably in 2011.

Sniffman in 3Dali environment


Olfaktorische virtuelle Umgebung zur Unterstützung überzeugender Erfahrungswelten

Dirk Becker
Hamburg, Univ., Fachbereich Informatik, Diplomarbeit, 2008

Olfaktorisches Display: Einbindung von Gerüchen in interaktive 3D-Welten

Sonja Haselhoff
Hamburg, Universität, Fachbereich Informatik, Diplomarbeit, 2006

Benutzerindividuelle, tragbare Geruchsausgabe in Virtuellen Umgebungen

Haselhoff S., Beckhaus S.
Virtuelle und Erweiterte Realität, 3. Workshop der GI-Fachgruppe VR/AR"
25. - 26. September 2006, Koblenz
Shaker Verlag, p. 83-94.
File(s): Paper (PDF)

People involved:

Sonja Haselhoff, Steffi Beckhaus, Dirk Becker