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This 'Digital Scent Speaker' Releases Aromas to Fit Your Mood

Vapor Communications
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If you've ever felt overwhelmed while browsing the selection of scents at a candle store, maybe it's time to rethink your aromatherapy options. As Mashable reports, this fragrance device from Vapor Communications connects to your smartphone to release a symphony of distinct smells all from one place. 

The Cyrano bills itself as a "Digital Scent Speaker and Mood Modification Platform." Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, the stout cylindrical gadget can hold up to three scent capsules, which in turn contain four scents each. 

What sets Cyrano apart from other aromatherapy devices is its emphasis on variety. Users select different scent "playlists" on the device's companion app, with names like "Get Relaxed," "Get Energized," and "Get Away." The playlist releases individual smells for 35 seconds at a time before switching to a new one to prevent what the company's founder describes as "olfactory fatigue." In between each scent the device takes a 22-second pause to give your nose a break. 

Scents included in Cyrano's starter kit include orange ginger, guava, honeysuckle, suntan, and Venetian bellini. If sniffers don't like a certain scent and are particularly fond of another, they can add and remove them from within the app. 

While technology has done amazing things for how we interact with sight and sound, virtual scent experiences have proven harder to manufacture. But David Edwards, the Harvard professor behind Cyrano, has spent years paving the way for olfactory-focused tech. In 2014, he helped launch oNotes, which allows users to "message" each other scents through a device connected to an app. 

The company's latest gadget was unveiled this past Wednesday, and is available to purchase for $150 on the oNotes website.

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[h/t Mashable]

Live Smarter
How to Remove Dents From Your Car Without Doing Further Damage

Car dents aren't pretty, and DIY methods for getting rid of them can leave entirely new eyesores in their place. In The Know Innovation has spotted a tool that erases unsightly dents without damaging your vehicle's paint job—no trip to the auto body shop required.

The Sealey RE101 Air Suction Dent Puller is a tool that attaches to your vehicle. To use it, stick the suction cup over the dented area and and open the air valve on the handle to seal it tight. A few pumps of the slide hammer are enough to restore your car to its original, dent-free glory.

There are plenty of at-home remedies out there for minor car dents, some of which involve boiling water, hair dryers, and dry ice. While it's always best to get your car looked at by a professional after any type of accident, especially if the damage is covered by your insurance, a dent puller at least won't do any additional harm to your vehicle (or your hands).

You can order a Sealey Dent Puller of your own online for $166.

[h/t In The Know Innovation]

Afternoon Map
The Most Popular Infomercial Product in Each State

You don't have to pay $19.95 plus shipping and handling to discover the most popular infomercial product in each state: AT&T retailer All Home Connections is giving that information away for free via a handy map.

The map was compiled by cross-referencing the top-grossing infomercial products of all time with Google Trends search interest from the past calendar year. So, which crazy products do people order most from their TVs?

Folks in Arizona know that it's too hot there to wear layers; that's why they invest in the Cami Secret—a clip-on, mock top that gives them the look of a camisole without all the added fabric. No-nonsense New Yorkers are protecting themselves from identity theft with the RFID-blocking Aluma wallet. Delaware's priorities are all sorted out, because tons of its residents are still riding the Snuggie wave. Meanwhile, Vermont has figured out that Pajama Jeans are the way to go—because who needs real pants?

Unsurprisingly, the most popular product in many states has to do with fitness and weight loss, because when you're watching TV late enough to start seeing infomercials, you're probably also thinking to yourself: "I need to get my life together. I should get in shape." Seven states—Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, Utah, and Wisconsin—have invested in the P90X home fitness system, while West Virginia and Arkansas prefer the gentler workout provided by the Shake Weight. The ThighMaster is still a thing in Illinois and Washington, while Total Gym and Bowflex were favored by South Dakota and Wyoming, respectively. 

Kitchen items are clearly another category ripe for impulse-buying: Alabama and North Dakota are all over the George Forman Grill; Alaska and Rhode Island are mixing things up with the Magic Bullet; and Floridians must be using their Slice-o-matics to chop up limes for their poolside margaritas.

Cleaning products like OxiClean (D.C. and Hawaii), Sani Sticks (North Carolina), and the infamous ShamWow (which claims the loyalty of Mainers) are also popular, but it's Proactiv that turned out to be the big winner. The beloved skin care system claimed the top spot in eight states—California, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas—making it the most popular item on the map.

Peep the full map above, or check out the full study from All Home Connections here.


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