Smellavision replaces television?

Summary:The headline comes from a very old Bugs Bunny cartoon (The Old Grey Hair, 1944, by Robert Clampett), in which the rabbit and hunter are transported to the far-off future, to the year 2000. (The title panel comes from Dave Mackey's site.

The headline comes from a very old Bugs Bunny cartoon (The Old Grey Hair, 1944, by Robert Clampett), in which the rabbit and hunter are transported to the far-off future, to the year 2000. (The title panel comes from Dave Mackey's site.

I mention it because the invention is just five years late, and is coming to a Web near you as an option.

XML Smell,based on the open source XML specification, will require an XML parser and a "smell pallette" which, I assume, would be a peripheral device. Once the pallette is miniaturized and mass-marketed, smells in theory could be emanating from e-mails, SMS messages and Web sites.

The trouble is, of course, that it wouldn't take very much of a hack at all to conjure up quite nasty smells, and you can't control the experience -- the people around you smell what you do.

I guess I'm like the Carl Stalling of the cartoon headline. "It'll never work."

Topics: Browser

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Dana Blankenhorn has been a business journalist since 1978, and has covered technology since 1982. He launched the Interactive Age Daily, the first daily coverage of the Internet to launch with a magazine, in September 1994.

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