Opportunities for odor: experiences with smell and implications for technology

Obrist, Marianna, Tuch, Alexandre N and Hornbæk, Kasper (2014) Opportunities for odor: experiences with smell and implications for technology. CHI 2014 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Toronto, Canada, April 26 - May 01, 2014. Published in: CHI '14 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. 2843-2852. Association for Computing Machinery ISBN 9781450324731

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Technologies for capturing and generating smell are emerging, and our ability to engineer such technologies and use them in HCI is rapidly developing. Our understanding of how these technologies match the experiences with smell that people have or want to have is surprisingly limited. We therefore investigated the experience of smell and the emotions that accompany it. We collected stories from 439 participants who described personally memorable smell experiences in an online questionnaire. Based on the stories we developed 10 categories of smell experience. We explored the implications of the categories for smell-enhanced technology design by (a) probing participants to envision technologies that match their smell story and (b) having HCI researchers brainstorm technologies using the categories as design stimuli. We discuss how our findings can benefit research on personal memories, momentary and first time experiences, and wellbeing.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
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Depositing User: Marianna Obrist
Date Deposited: 08 May 2014 12:04
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2021 14:01
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/47257

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