What's that smell? No, that isn't grandma in the kitchen, frying up a football team-sized supply of bacon and eggs. That's your smartphone letting you know that it's time to wake up. And those roses you caught a trace of yesterday? That was supposed to be your reminder to pick up an anniversary card and some flowers on the way home from work, but the alarm obviously didn't get the job done. Oh well, there's always next year (hopefully). With Scentee, a Japanese smartphone accessory that can produce smells in place of smartphone notifications, you always have an aid that can knock some scents into you.

Engadget has shared a hands-on video of the fragrant accessory, which plugs into the headphone jack of both Android and iOS smartphones. A sim-card sized chip that delivers the scent is tucked away inside, and it's triggered via ultrasonic waves. Rather than sound out or buzz off when a notification arrives, your phone will shoot out a fragrance of your choice. You can assign them to alarms, text messages, social networks, and, eventually, different locations.

There are many smells to pick from, so you can have the aroma of coffee fill the air when it's time to head to work, give the office a whiff of fresh curry when it's lunch time, and have the scent of strawberries shoot out when it's time for dessert. The device can also come to your aid in other ways - if you forgot to shower and your significant other asks why the apartment smells like leftover baked potato, just say it was Facebook.


Scentee has an automatic timer that can go off every half hour or however often is necessary to mask the smell of that donut you snuck in after dinner. Just don't go overboard, as each capsule is good for roughly 100 sprays, and they will cost around $5 each to replace once the device starts shipping to the US. Scentee itself will sell for $35.


The product will first launch via Amazon Japan on November 15, but the ETA for the rest of the world has not yet been announced. Still, I would get excited if I were you. Innovation like this is nothing to sniff at.

Source: Engadget

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Zaatour36

    why,just why???

    • Mike Reid

      Must be a Japan thing.

      A country where you (used to ?) be able to get used underwear in vending machines and where "used" was the main selling feature.

      • Zaatour36

        lol yeah, and man they're so advanced in tech and gadgets.

        i wish i can visit there on day...

      • DaveTea

        I think you can still buy them, but perhaps even better (or good to go with the used underwear) are the beer vending machines.

  • Mayoo

    Because why not!

    • busterqiw508

      Looks very portable. Will fit
      in my pocket for sure. This seems like a low cost way to receive
      notifications. In other news, I'm permanently sarcastic..

  • HopelesslyFaithful

    reminds me of smellovision :)


    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      You're not the only one. That was actually the name we used for this post internally.

      Great minds.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

    "knock some scents into you"

    My lawyer is currently drawing up a suit to file against Mr. Bertel King and Android Police demanding appropriate compensation for how much that pun hurt.

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      We could take this to trial, but I would prefer to settle out of court. I can't bear to look the judge in the eyes.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        I smell a settlement.

        • Gator352

          This is to punny :)

    • jesuguru

      I think you'd win by a nose.

  • Joshua

    They're just trying to beat Google to launch!


  • h_f_m

    I love the smell of pushed bytes in the morning.

  • Matthew Fry

    Looks very portable. Will fit in my pocket for sure. This seems like a low cost way to receive notifications. In other news, I'm permanently sarcastic.

    • Alan Shearer

      And you no longer need to buy perfume....

  • OmniWrench

    I wonder if it will have a tasker plugin...

  • Nabeel Farooqui


  • Cory Crew

    YEEESSSSS!!!...I can see it coming. 0___0 ! Smell-O-Vision

  • Alan Shearer

    I can finally text farts.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Or at least be on the receiving end.

      • Alan Shearer

        Oh dear god no!!

  • t.p.k

    "sorry i missed your messages, i had a cold" :)

  • LjHe80


  • Mreow

    saw this on futurama

  • TheDrunkenClam

    Curry is likely the nastiest food ever. It's like runny diarrhea. It's impoverished third world cuisine.

  • Josh Shaw

    They need a better way to make it dissipate so it doesn't squirt the screen, also it's fucking huge!

  • labman57

    Just last week, I was wistfully lamenting the lack of an iPhone app that generates the scent of hot bacon grease.

  • Jesse Cohen

    One killer feature of this: setting your alarm clock notification to trigger the smell of bacon.

  • Random!

    With the right scent, emails from your boss can be shittier than ever!