In line with my recent post about a garden including multiple senses, Japanese cell phone companies are now exploring phone services that allow you to emit a fragrance from your phone. While it was unclear from this article whether the spritz emitted would be for the air space around you, or as a portable and varied cologne tool, the idea reeks of playfulness and technological fun. If the cost wasn’t going to be prohibitive, I’d get one myself. Just think of the social commentary it could spawn. Sit next to someone you think is hot – publically spray your sexy scent and show your attention without saying a word. Someone is rudely flatulent in your vincinity – odor a la Lysol clears the air while at the same time pointing a scented, accusatory finger. Sweating just a bit in those disagreeable humid summers? Cover it up discreetly.
I guess the whole idea moves us closer to the day of complete instant gratification. Our cell phones will eventually be connected to our credit cards, driver’s license, educational certifications, and extensive personal histories. Purses will carry various small hook-ups so that phones can produce clothing or food on demand, while more extensive options are available at small local kiosks. Handcrafted items will become expensive for their rarity and the rising cost to transport them. Travel will be increasingly swift, expensive, and rare as video conferencing and other technologies continue to be improved and used in the course of business. Will people then become closer to an idealized single, or will we simply lose a few of the markers of place, class, and history, rather than all?