Inhala

Inhala is a conceptual self-protection extension of the human olfactory system.

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Many comprehensive scientific studies state that when the world reaches 1.5 degrees Celsius, there will be catastrophic implications globally. Although this number is cited by the IPCC and nations around the world, it’s a number that seems quite distant as it’s extremely difficult for humans to sense change.

When we think about climate change there’s a lack of creative ways of engaging with the many species that inhabit the world around us. One research study of interest demonstrates that as temperatures and aridity increase, the scent of flowers are disturbed. As olfaction is disturbed in the future, the team created Inhala, an intelligent extension of the nose that acts as self-protection and discovery for the future.

Some of the questions asked were: How can our invisible materiality and design olfaction help us co-exist with the changing planet? How can we empathize with the speed, scale, dimension of climate change? How can we make people more sensitive to the world around them?

Besides just being a cautionary tale for the future, this ‘extended nose’ if hyper-sensitive to the world around you. The human nose is pointing down, in a way that is easier to capture the smells that come from below the head. Opposite to that one, Inhala is meant to collect the smells from above the head, in a way where the person can smell what comes from the ground and the sky.

This concept explores the neglected interactions of smell and biomes in computing while imagining new forms of sensing that create meaning in humans and ecological surroundings. To consider the future of humans and their role in the future, the team sketched, prototyped and created interactions of embodied technology specifically around the face and nose.