Daily Archives: June 29, 2011

Announcing: TV you can smell. Slam dunks in beer pong. And a classic MLB manager tirade by Jim Leyland

There’s such a thing as too much of a good thing when it comes to new technology. At least that’s what I think. Sometimes, the people who make new stuff for us in their labs and factories need to step back and say: Do we really need this?

I refer to you to this recent story I saw about the fine folks at UC-San Diego and Samsung, who are trying to develop a way for TV viewers to be able to smell things through their TV.
That’s right, instead of just seeing flowers in a garden, or pasta primavera cooking on the stove, you can smell them right in your living room!
Apparently the way it works is, Samsung and UCSD are developing a component where a current passes through wires that are in a water based solution. The solution heats up and builds pressure. There is a tiny hole in an “elastomer” that opens, which releases the odor.

Fabulous. For all the great odors we could get (what does Michelle Pfeiffer’s perfume smell like in “The Fabulous Baker Boys?”) we’d also get terrible ones, like raw sewage.
So on behalf of TV viewers everywhere, a message to Samsung and their colleagues: We’re good, thanks. We don’t need to involve every sense when watching mindless programming.

**I’m a big Jim Leyland fan. Thought he was a great manager of the Pirates back in their glory days of the early 1990s, and always was amused how he tried to sneak cigarettes in the dugout.
Well, Monday night the man now managing the Detroit Tigers went on one of the great tirades I’ve seen in a while. Enjoy.

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**Finally, this amused me greatly. The greatest slam dunk in beer pong you will ever see: