We’ve always felt there was something missing from videogames, and it turns out it was smell. After years of having our eyes and ears stimulated to the point of potential nerve damage, it’s clearly time for our noses to have a go. Happily, a Texas startup is here to bring the gift of scent to games both in and out of VR. 

The development kit being offered by HAPTICSOL, as noticed by WCCFtech, is known as the Cilia, and consists of six pots of unknown but presumably smelly oily substances in a 3D-printed holder. The pots pop open at pre-programmed moments, and a fan sends the aroma toward the player’s flared and eager nasal openings. Plugins are available for Unity and Unreal, along with an SDK that could see support from other engines too.



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