A “smell pack” incorporated into the set was designed to give off odors that enhanced the programming on the television screen, thus the name Smellovision, was developed by the Swiss inventor Hans Laube in 1945.
- Smell-O-Vision – Wikipedia
Smell-O-Vision was a system that released odor during the projection of a film so that the viewer could “smell” what was happening in the movie. The technique was created by Hans Laube and made its only appearance in the 1960 film Scent of Mystery, produced by Mike Todd, Jr., son of film producer Mike Todd. The process injected 30 odors into a movie theater’s seats when triggered by the film’s soundtrack.
- The World’s First Smellavision – Youtube
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