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See also: smell-o-vision


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Coined by Mike Todd, Jr.

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  1. A system that choreographed the release of odors during the projection of a film, invented by Hans Laube.
    • 1990, Frank W. Hoffmann and William G. Bailey, Arts and Entertainment Fads, pages 19-20
      Each Smell-O-Vision customer sat in a movie seat equipped with a system to pipe in smells directly to the nose.
    • 2002, Stephen Wilson, information arts: intersections of art, science, and technology, page 60:
      In 1960, the movie A Scent of Mystery used the Smell-o-Vision system, which solved the distribution problem by including smell tubes at each seat.
    • 2003, Fabrizio Davide, Giuseppe Riva, and Wijnand A. IJsselsteijn, Being There: Concepts, Effects and Measurements of User Presence in Synthetic Environments, page 28
      Around 1960 two competing olfactory technologies, Smell-O-Vision and Aromarama, introduced smells as an added sensory dimension to sight and sound.
    • 2004, Francis Katamba, English Words: Structure, History, Usage, page 185, Routledge (UK)
      But, alas, audiences were unimpressed and smell-o-vision [sic.] technology was stillborn.


  • 1959, Copper Abstracts: Selected Abstracts of Recent Literature on Copper and Copper Alloys, Copper Development Association (Great Britain)


Smell-O-Vision (uncountable)

  1. (nonstandard) Any such system that adds olfaction to cinematography, often portrayed as futuristic or far-fetched.
    • 1944, Bob Clampett (director), “The Old Grey Hare”, Merrie Melodies, Warner Bros.
      Smellevision [sic.] Replaces Television