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OSpace: towards a systematic exploration of olfactory interaction spaces

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posted on 2023-06-09, 08:41 authored by Dmitrijs DmitrenkoDmitrijs Dmitrenko, Emanuela Maggioni, Marianna Obrist
When designing olfactory interfaces, HCI researchers and practitioners have to carefully consider a number of issues related to the scent delivery, detection, and lingering. These are just a few of the problems to deal with. We present OSpace - an approach for designing, building, and exploring an olfactory interaction space. Our paper is the first to explore in detail not only the scent-delivery parameters but also the air extraction issues. We conducted a user study to demonstrate how the scent detection/lingering times can be acquired under different air extraction conditions, and how the impact of scent type, dilution, and intensity can be investigated. Results show that with our setup, the scents can be perceived by the user within ten seconds and it takes less than nine seconds for the scents to disappear, both when the extraction is on and off. We discuss the practical application of these results for HCI.


OWidgets - Design of a new non-existing layer of information delivery through smell; G2057; EUROPEAN UNION; 737576

SenseX - Sensory Experiences for Interactive Technologies; G1589; EUROPEAN UNION; H2020-ERC-2014-STG-638605


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ISS '17: Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces



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ACM International Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces

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Brighton, UK

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17-20 October 2017

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New York, NY, United States



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