Can You Smell Me Now?

I don’t know about you, but my Instagram feed is filled with people sharing pictures of their food. Sometimes a picture is not enough, these platters of chicken parm and fully loaded burgers look so great I wish I could smell just how delicious they are too. Well, this capability may be here sooner than you’d think.

Yesterday, Harvard professor David Edwards showed off his new product that allows you to share not just pictures and videos from your phone, but now the smell too. No, the smell does not come out of your phone. First, you snap a picture of the food. Then, as you would add filters on Instagram, you pick different smells to describe the picture you’re sending. The recipient, with their oPhone DUO device, can open your message and release the scent to experience it for themselves.

It may not quite be smell-o-vision, but it definitely shows forward thinking. A picture may say 1,000 words, but with the oPhone it will smell like even more. The device is not yet available, as they are currently raising money through Indiegogo, but you can check it out at the Museum of Natural History in New York City as of June 17.

What Sparks our Fire: Finally reaching the future with smell-o-vision.

Are you ready to share smells?

This Is How We Roll

For one month every four years the world comes to a hault. Enter, the 2014 FIFA World Cup. This year’s World Cup has already been exciting to follow – especially with USA’s big win over Ghana yesterday. But, we all know the scores of the games and the excitement that takes place on the field. What we don’t know is which teams are most particular when it comes to their living arrangements for the month.

Mental Floss did some research and ranked the top 10 most demanding teams. Surprisingly, or not, France made the top of the list. The France team requested they have security guards watch the maids who clean their perfectly identical rooms, and two different types of liquid soap – one for showering and one for washing hands.

Lucky for us, the United States didn’t even make the cut of most demanding teams. Others included Ecuador, who requested fresh banana deliveries every morning and a video game room, Iran, who needed daily dry cleaning, and Chile, who requested new beds and flat screen TVs in each room.

What Sparks our Fire: A look behind the scenes at the needs of the athletes off of the field during the World Cup.

If you were an athlete, what would you request?

At a Glance

Today everyone is making a smartwatch. The tech gods have deemed the smartwatch as the new technology frontier all big companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Samsung are going to tackle. But, what if you don’t want to turn in your expensive traditional watch, but want the benefits of a smartwatch?

Glance, a Kickstarter project, allows you to combine your own watch with smart features. It fits right under the wristband of your watch and can do some amazing things. Watch the video to see all of the features; from being able to call your phone when you’ve misplaced it (oops, it happens to the best of us), to being able to respond to texts with a motion.

What Sparks our Fire: A creative way to add smartphone features to my current watch without investing in a new one.

Is this the solution you were looking for to the smartwatch/dumbwatch debate?

Let’s Be Frank: Curiously Rewarding

I just returned from Florence, Italy where my curiosity for art and fashion were again refreshed and enlivened. A must see, was the Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino exhibition at the Strozzi Palace and the beautiful leather and suede handcrafted creations by the Tattanelli family.

On the flight back I read my current issue of Vanity Fair with Jon Hamm on the cover. Now, I find out that because I’m an avid reader of this magazine, I was “born curious.” This is the current mantra for their new branding campaign promoting the print, digital video, and online editions. Interesting.

I’ll review my family tree to see if this trait is genetically grounded or a product of my environment. That should be fun. Meanwhile I checked out their online video to see where they were going. Pretty darn smart. Thanks Graydon Carter and company for making this branding message “curiously rewarding.”