Dalton Oliveira: The next level of IoT: IoS - Internet of Smell
We all know about several applications and benefits of IoT; since simple things to complex ones. The evolution of processing power has contributed to turning engineering dreams into reality. Machines are capable of performing complex mathematical operations in fractions of a second, enabling technologies like AI (Artificial Intelligence), ML (Machine Learning), DL (Deep Learning) capabilities and applications (Chatbot, Computer Voice, Computer Vision, etc), VR (Virtual Reality), AR (Augmented Reality), XR (eXtended Reality), etc. Yes, humans being have transformed computers and electronic devices into powerful tools, and it is our responsibility (as engineers) on building fantastic machines and bringing great useful applications.
Digital Twin has transformed several industries. Product drawings and engineering specifications progressed from handmade drafting to computer aided design to model-based systems engineering. Digital Model and Digital Shadow have main roles due to the integration and interoperability in industry-level dynamics when the workspace is considered as part of RPA system (Robotic Process Automation) – in virtual and in physical space.
Since the beginning of HMI (Human-Machine Interface), devices manufacturers are responsible of bringing the best-in-class in terms of human interaction with machines. Great use cases have shown that the difference is in the details - the most emblematic was the transformation of smartphone keyboard; from QWERTY to touchscreen.
Humans being have five senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste.
(Figure 1: Humans being five senses. Credits: shutterstock.com 1061678519)
From the perspective of the user, by using your smartphone, you can:
• Vision: see different things (real and virtual) on screen (and even transfer to a big tv screen);
• Hearing: listen, send/receive sounds (or even talk to request the temperature at home or at the industry shop floor);
• Touch: tap the screen (or even touch on air – by using VR/AR/XR) to send/receive (i.e. messages) or to turn on/off a switch (i.e. for light bulb or even an industrial machine) using a chatbot.
(Figure 2: Tapping on screen and on air - powered by AR+IoT. Credits: Wardston Consulting)
From the perspective of the machine, it can (using the same examples as above):
• Vision: computer vision is able to perform several applications; since distinguish grains to security purposes;
• Hearing: machine is able to listen and understand you (STT – Speech-To-Text), and it is able to answer you back using computer voice (TTS – Text-To-Speech);
• Touch: machine is able to play your part in tapping the screen; actually, the machine runs the command in the background to perform that action.
But, let me ask you some questions:
Regarding to “smell in”:
1. Do you believe it’s possible a machine can smell ?
2. Do you believe it’s possible a machine to classify coffee aroma, indoor CO2 level, or even the presence of a specific virus on air ?
(Figure 3: “Smell In”. Credits: Wardston Consulting)
Regarding to “smell out”:
1. Do you believe it’s possible to send/receive a smell over the internet ?
2. Do you believe it’s possible to smell the food from your favorite game or from that tv, radio, internet ad ?
(Figure 4: “Smell Out”. Credits: Wardston Consulting)
The scent industry has lots of potentials on that. And, as described since the beginning of this article, there are lots of technologies to be applied to make it possible.
Our engineering team is working and making relevant progress.
Regarding “Smell In”:
It’s an IoT+AI station with trained algorithm to recognize scents; even odorless.
(Figure 5: “Smell In”. Credits: Wardston Consulting)
Regarding “Smell Out”:
You can send smell over the internet using a command based in tapping on screen, tapping on air (using VR/AR/XR), voice, gesture, chatbot, or even sync with a specific event.
(Figure 6: “Smell Out”. Credits: Wardston Consulting)
Entertainment and several industries can be benefit, as well medical treatments - parosmia (distortion of the sense of smell) and anosmia (loss of the sense of smell - partial or total).
It’s not just about the smell. It is part of a whole, integrated, and immersive environment. It’s all about customer experience.
But, what about taste ? Do you believe QuIoT (Quantum IoT; a.k.a. Quantum Computing + IoT) can bring up something on that ?
About the author:
Dalton Oliveira is a Global Digital Transformation Advisor, Board Member, Mentor, Speaker, Writer, Judge in Awards at Wardston Consulting. International awarded Top 3 IoT World Series, Facebook Testathon Best Product Idea, and more. He is experienced in global mission-critical program, project, product, and application management with US$ Billions budget in global companies, governments, and universities since 2002. Feat. deliverables in IoT (Internet of Things) + AI (Artificial Intelligence) + Geolocation installed since Silicon Valley to New York. BSc. in Electronics Engineering from FEI University.
Wardston Consulting (www.wardston.com)