Planning your next vacation, with dollars and scents

Saw this in The Globe & Mail this morning, mentioning one of my colleagues in the article. Way to go, Tracey! Below are some excerpts from the article.

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS: CYBERCARTOGRAPHY Planning your next vacation, with dollars and scents written by Science Reporter Anne MCilroy. February 27, 2008.

Carleton University cybercartographer has developed multimedia maps and atlases that use sound, music, photos and artwork to convey information about places.

Carleton University cybercartographer Fraser Taylor and his colleagues have already developed multimedia maps and atlases that use sound, music, photos and artwork to convey information about places such as Antarctica and the Arctic. Now he and doctoral student Tracey Lauriault are working on maps with scents.

Ms. Lauriault is developing a scented digital map for the Bytowne Museum in Ottawa. She is considering, for example, using the smell of sawdust to help convey the importance of lumberyards that once dominated a large working-class neighbourhood.

1 thought on “Planning your next vacation, with dollars and scents

  1. That is really interesting.. Who knows maybe we’ll see this technology implemented by the big players such as google and yahoo in the near future!

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