Phones could send and receive smells after scientific breakthrough that allows scents to be ‘cloned’


PHONES could soon send and receive smells.

Scientists have learned how to read the molecular structure of scents in order to replicate them.

Scientists have learned how to read the molecular structure of scents in order to replicate them

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Scientists have learned how to read the molecular structure of scents in order to replicate themCredit: Getty Images – Getty

It means handsets of the future could include a tiny compartment with molecules that can create almost any whiff on Earth.

The tech would allow people to share smells around them during a phone chat, or add them to pics in social media posts.

TV chefs could blend odours from the studio kitchen — and film bosses will be able to link scents to their footage.

Israel-based Noam Sobel said his “smell map” research is like the realisation that primary colours can make other colours.

Smell molecules will be mixed in the right proportion based on digital data to create the right scent.

Mr Sobel tested the process in his lab and made a realistic rose fragrance based on the molecular structure of its smell.

He said: “This is very exciting. The technology could be on devices within just a few years.”

He is working on the equipment for sensing and generating smells, and has early versions.

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