Science Fiction Dictionary
A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z

Latest By
Category:


Armor
Artificial Intelligence
Biology
Clothing
Communication
Computers
Culture
Data Storage
Displays
Engineering
Entertainment
Food
Input Devices
Lifestyle
Living Space
Manufacturing
Material
Media
Medical
Miscellaneous
Robotics
Security
Space Tech
Spacecraft
Surveillance
Transportation
Travel
Vehicle
Virtual Person
Warfare
Weapon
Work

"In WWII, they had a saying that there are no atheists in foxholes. I think the modern equivalent of that is that there are no jaded, bored people in the high-tech industry, in the land of really good hardcore geeks."
- Neal Stephenson

Odalarm  
  An alarm clock that awakens the sleeper with a selected odor.  

Why can't I buy one of these?* Not that I want it for myself; I'm just thinking of all those aromatherapy people I know. Just imagine waking up to a pleasant scent of - whatever it is that they use.

"The odalarm awoke Jorj X. McKie with a whiff of lemon. For just an instant his mind played tricks on him. He thought he was on Tutalsee's gentle planetary ocean floating softly on his garlanded island. There were lemons on his floating island, banks of Hibiscus and carpets of spicy Alyssum. His bowered cottage lay in the path of perfumed breezes ..."
Technovelgy from The Dosadi Experiment, by Frank Herbert.
Published by Berkley Putnam in 1977
Additional resources -

Given the fact that odors are wired into our brain even better than sound or sight, you ought to be able to really key in something that gives you the wake-up you need. Need to feel self-confident and alert for that big meeting? No problem. Need to relax for the first day of vacation? Got you covered.

There are several companies who are working on the idea of a multi-purpose (multi-scent) device; kind of like a printer for smells. Trisenx has actually released a product, the Scent Dome, a 20-channel serial port device that enables olfactory diffusion (online or offline). The unit is equipped with 20 CH-aroma cartridges, providing the user with a selection of 60 primary aromas. These aromas are like an alphabet of smells; combine the "letters" to create the distinctive smell of leaves in the fall, apple pie, etc. The device should have a variety of applications for consumers (haven't you noticed how certain stores always smell the same? and wouldn't you expect the Starbucks website to smell like coffee brewing?) as well as business (mechanics can smell burnt wiring or other sign of serious trouble). Take a closer look at the Trisenx Scent Dome for olfactory diffusion.

However, if you're just trying to get up in the morning, you might also want to try a more traditional, gravity based way to get yourself up. See the entry for mattress sleep sensor from Dream Park by Larry Niven.

* Check out the Hakugen Scent Alarm Clock!

Comment/Join this discussion ( 1 ) | RSS/XML | Blog This |

Additional resources:
  More Ideas and Technology from The Dosadi Experiment
  More Ideas and Technology by Frank Herbert
  Tech news articles related to The Dosadi Experiment
  Tech news articles related to works by Frank Herbert

Odalarm-related news articles:
  - Frank Herbert's Odalarm - Scent-Based Alarm Clock Update
  - Sad Day For Odor Alarm Clock Enthusiasts
  - Wasabi-Based Odor Alarm
  - Wasabi Smoke Alarm Now Available
  - Olfactory User Interfaces - Judith Amores Dissertation
  - SensorWake Scent-Based Alarm Clock

Articles related to Lifestyle
Amazon Blimp Parent Drone Concept
Tortoise Mobile Smart Stores
Sony Pocket Air Conditioner Is Phil Dick's Idea!
ROAM Robotics Skiing Exoskeleton

Want to Contribute an Item? It's easy:
Get the name of the item, a quote, the book's name and the author's name, and Add it here.

<Previous
Next>

Google
  Web TechNovelgy.com   

 

 

Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for the Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary, the Science Fiction Invention Timeline, or see what's New.

 

 

 

 

Science Fiction Timeline
1600-1899
1900-1939
1940's   1950's
1960's   1970's
1980's   1990's
2000's   2010's

Science Fiction in the News

LORIS Passive-Gripper Climbing Robot
'At the end of each appendage's eight fingers there are tinier appendages...'

Drug To Regenerate Teeth In Humans
'We want to do something to help those who are suffering from tooth loss or absence,' said lead researcher Katsu Takahashi.

Coin-Sized Nuclear Battery Good For 100 Years
'...power pack the size of a pea.'

Live Stream With Meta-Ban Multimodal Smart Glasses
'...the bug-eyed, opaque gape of her True-Vu lenses.'

'Autonomous' Waymo Improves Driving With Remote Human Operators
'...some bored drone pusher in a remote driving centre has got your life... in his hands.'

Will Whales Be Our First Contact?
'He had piloted the Adastra to its first contact with the civilization of another solar system.'

SliceIt! Why Not Teach Robots To Use Knives?
'One building now gushed forth smoke and another stench that was unmistakable.'

More SF in the News

More Beyond Technovelgy

Home | Glossary | Science Fiction Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise |
Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.