Named in honor of Marcel Proust’s inspirational sweet is a new camera of sorts called the Madeleine. Instead of preserving images, the camera captures scents.
Pictures do alright when it comes to sparking memories, but scent is really where the recall power is. Just ask Marcel Proust, for whom the smell of a teacake conjured his whole long, life story as related in “Remembrance of Things Past.”
Named in honor of the inspirational sweet is a new camera concept called the Madeleine. Instead of preserving images, the camera captures scents.
Similar to the technology used by perfume creators, the Madeleine uses a glass dome to encase an item and an air hose to suck up the scented air. The aromas are trapped in an absorbent resin for future analysis.
The complexity of the scent dictates how much time the absorption process will take. A slice of orange would be quick while capturing the smell of a person’s skin would take quite a bit longer.
According to Amy Radcliffe, the maker of the camera, her ideal delivery system would be a capsule, which a person could snap open and indulge in the memories the released scent brings.
How do you like the concept?