'Smell-O-Vision' TV now exists thanks to Japanese scientists
Have you ever found yourself watching Gillian McKeith ferret around in a lunchbox full of faeces and thought 'I wish I could smell what she's smelling'.
No? Doesn't matter because Japanese scientists (who probably already live in the future somehow) have decided that you want smell-o-vision. Mercifully, this new technology won't release every smell that you see on-screen, which is handy if you like watching war documentaries or the news (apparently, Huw Edwards smells like a bull that's been set on fire).
The technique uses printers to spray small amounts of scent rather than ink.
Dr Kenichi Okada, of Keio University, Tokyo, said: "We are using the ink-jet printer's ability to eject tiny pulses of material to achieve precise control."
Basically, using ink jet printers, the Japanese team adapted a Canon printer to squirt four "ingredient" scents and managed to get hints of mint, grapefruit, cinnamon, lavender, apple and vanilla. Handy if you're watching a cookery show that only ever uses those ingredients.
So are we all destined for a future where we watch everything in 3D while a printer noisily cranks out smells that don't necessarily correlate with what you see on-screen?
Is this some fiendish plan to make the televisual experience so irritating that we all end up taking interest in outdoor pursuits and get healthy?
If you can't afford smell-o-vision, simply get a Glade air-freshener and squirt it into your nostril every 30 seconds while watching Gardener's World.