Tech designer Nuno Teixeira has revealed his idea for the Smellit (pictured), an electronic component that hooks up to your DVD player and produces the smells that correspond to the scene you’re watching. So, for instance, if you’re watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, your living room would smell of sewers, pizza, rat, foot and pizza, more or less in that order.
Of course, Smellit is just a concept for some future technological wonder, but, like a Philip K. Dick short story, it unlocks all kinds of interesting possibilities. Aside the obvious problem that it could be used for olfactory torture—and the fascinating new possibilities it creates for the adult film industry—given the opportunity to use a Smellit I’d watch this scene immediately. What movie scenes would you most like to smell?