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Update Date: Apr 26, 2014 05:41 PM EDT
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Researchers are working on a futuristic wacky system called 'Sensabubble' that will project your Twitter notifications with little scented bubbles.

"The human sense of smell is powerful, but there are few research systems that explore and examine ways to use it," Sriram Subramanian, professor of human-computer Interaction in the University of Bristol Interaction and Graphics group said in a release announcing Sensabubble, a system that allows colors, text, and icons to be projected on bubbles filled with a scented fog, according to CNET.

"We have taken the first steps to explore how smell can be used to enhance and last longer in a visual object such as a soap bubble."

For users, the system would work something like this: Twitter is running in background on a desktop system connected to Sensabubble and if someone has a mention, Sensabubble would create a predetermined size of soap bubble and send it into the filed of users' sight while projecting the Twitter icon in its surface.

At present, Sensabubble is not portable and the prototype seems a bit unwieldy and impractical according to CNET, researchers though believe that they would be soon able to turn it into a handy one.

"There are many areas in which bubble-based technology like SensaBubble could be applied, such as a SensaBubble clock that releases the number of scented bubbles corresponding to the hour or SensaBubble Maths, an educational game for children, which incorporates smell as feedback on their success," researchers said.

The research paper on Sensabubble will be presented at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems beginning Saturday in Toronto.

Following video contains more details and demonstration.

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