Finally, We Can Smell Virtual Porn With This New Wearable

The geniuses at Camsoda have created a device which fits over the user’s nose to simulate a variety of smells, tightening the perception of virtual reality (VR), maybe. They call their device OhRoma.

As if it weren’t enough that virtual reality could already bring us close to the sensations of extracurricular adult behavior, we can now enjoy savory but simulated odors of love-sessions.

It’s everything we’ve hoped for.

Wearing the device you may feel like a stormtrooper, but it will change your relationship with porn forever.

The Device

(source: camsoda.com)

(source: camsoda.com)

It looks like a hipster gas mask. There is a part that fits over your mouth and nose, with two canisters that flank your muzzle.

The canisters have three holes for you to insert cartridges. The cartridges feature different smells, so you can pick the combo you want, snap them into place, then go.

It pairs via Bluetooth with your phone but also other Bluetooth enabled devices. You’ll use your phone to set the levels of your smell choices. We’ll come back to those in second.

The mask slides over your face, under your VR headset. Once you get going, it heats up to activate the cartridges to kick in the smells.

The Smell of VR

(source: camsoda.com)

(source: camsoda.com)

The prospect of scent added to VR is actually kind of cool.

At some point, standard virtual reality will need to access your olfactory senses to round out the experience. Someone will give credit to the porn industry for the advent of smell-o-vision, which is fine.

By then it will be more streamlined, some kind of haptic engine for smells. The canisters are a bulky addition to an already plagued system of wires and heavy equipment.

What would be a better is to trick the brain into smelling. Figure that out and there is no limit to what we could smell.

For the OhRoma device, you have access to 30 different smells as of this writing. Smells include private parts, human skin, environmentals and a few I won’t mention because my mother could read this.

The Impact of Porn

(source: epornblog.com)

(source: epornblog.com)

Porn gets credit for many things, VHS, the internet, but the proof for those arguments remains to be seen.

We may be able to thank porn for ending the war between Betamax and VHS, but we can more likely thank YouTube for the bandwidth upgrades over the years.

Without those upgrades, we’d all still wait for our modems to handshake every time we needed to lose hours on Reddit.

Sure, porn rode the benefits of those bandwidth increases, but YouTube carved out the format porn sites now emulate (or so I hear).

The Future

(source: camsoda.com)

(source: camsoda.com)

Like many companies in the virtual porn industry–I don’t know if that exists formally, but I imagine there are many people working on this–Camsoda wants to crack the tactile aspect of VR too. They are working on that next.

It’s funny they felt the smell aspect an easier notch on their belt, considering we already have haptic engines for touch feedback.

For the foreseeable future, VR will work from the outside in, but I imagine in time we will access the brain wirelessly,  the way we connect to devices today. Then we can tell the brain whatever we want it to perceive.

Don’t hold your breath. Even Mark Zuckerberg says we’re a decade out on good VR.

To learn more about OhRoma tech, go to the Camsoda site.