Google Nose (BETA) Stinks. But it got me!
Actually, it doesn’t stink. That just seemed like a good title. Well, Happy April Fool’s Day everyone. Did you “get got” today? I did but in the wee hours in the morning while most people had not yet started their April Fool’s Day – and I was still in March 31st mode.
I spent a marathon-weekend watching every single episode of Game of Thrones, as HBO was showing them all at no charge in preparation of the start of the third season last night. I had not seen any of them and decided to check it out, so Friday night I started watching Season 1, Episode 1… and I was hooked. I watched every single episode this weekend and never turned on my computer. I cannot remember when I went two days without being on my computer…. But back to Google Nose….
So about 1AM this morning, I’m finally done with all the episodes, including the new one which started last night. I log on my tablet to check my email and a good friend of mine emailed me a link to Google Nose (BETA). Okay, I’m game… what’s Google coming out with now? I’m thinking something coming out soon where you can buy a scent vaporizer of some sort – primarily for high tech movies and for those with a fat wallet.
But here is what I found:
Google Nose BETA leverages new and existing technologies to offer the sharpest olfactory experience available:
Street Sense vehicles have inhaled and indexed millions of atmospheric miles.
Android Ambient Odor Detection collects smells via the world’s most sensible mobile operating system.
SMELLCD™ 1.8+ high-resolution compatible for precise and controlled odors.
Now, this is where it get very embarrassing for me. But hey, I’m a good sport and happy to share a laugh… even at my own expense.
I gave it a try.
The first one I tried was a campfire smell. And I thought I could smell it towards the very end of the “sending.”
Then pumpkin – same thing. And perfume – same. Although I was probably smelling the lotion I had just put on my hands.
Then I reminded myself this is impossible. “Re-arranging molecules?” Oh, hell no. No way this works. Maybe re-arrange my braincells. I told myself that I just imagined those odors – something not unlike suggestive reasoning. After that, I tried garlic, wet dog, and half-a-dozen others and all I could smell was my tablet. I gave up on it and moved on to the rest of my inbox.
I completely forgot about this today until I started reading up on the internet April Fool’s jokes and wondered what Google did as their’s are usually pretty good.
Then it hit me like a piece of spoiled limburger cheese – which sadly isn’t available on Google Nose.
I got got by Google.
Happy April Fool’s Day!
- Google Launches Google Nose : Smelling Is Believing [April fools] (thetechnologycafe.com)
- Google Nose Harnesses Your Sense of Smell for Search (mashable.com)
- April Fool’s Day In Google’s Style (techysants.wordpress.com)