Smell ‘camera’ preserves odors for posterity

The Madeleine in action capturing smells.

(Credit:
Amy Radcliffe)

It’s been said that smell ties directly and strongly to our memories, yet our ability to capture important moments is based almost entirely around our other senses. We take photographs and record audio and video, but a photo just doesn’t convey the smell of cut grass and flowers on your wedding day.
Designer Amy Radcliffe has developed an odor-capturing “camera” based on technology developed for the perfume industry. Her device is called Madeleine. “The Madeleine works in much the same way as a 35mm camera,” Radcliffe…

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