A comparison of scent-delivery devices and their meaningful use for in-car olfactory interaction

D Dmitrenko, CT Vi, Marianna Obrist
in AutomotiveUI'16: 8th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications, Conference paper (text)


© 2016 ACM. In the field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI), vision and audition have been the dominating modalities for interacting with users. This is despite the fact that humans are equipped with five basic senses. Because of this, there is a limited number of tools that harness the olfactory system as a communication channel. Recently, several promising scent-delivery devices have been developed, however, there is a lack of guidance on how to use them in a meaningful way for different interactive tasks. In this paper, we propose a three-dimensional framework to compare different scent-delivery devices based on the distance, volume, and speed of the scent-delivery. We discuss how this initial exploration can guide the design of in-car olfactory interfaces beyond previous work on drivers' physical and emotional state.