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Smell of Data fragrance alerts internet users to leaks of their private data






This grenade-shaped scent diffuser has been designed to alert internet users of data leaks from their smartphones, tablets and computers.

The Smell of Data fragrance bottle releases a metallic scent when a user encounters an unprotected website or Wi-Fi network on their devices.
Leanne Wijnsma and filmmaker Froukje Tanto created the product in response to concerns about data security on the internet. The project aims to educate users about what is going on with their data.
Wijnsma and Tanto evolved the concept by researching the human response to gas leaks.
"Compare the Smell of Data with the smell of gas," said Wijnsma. "We were taught to find this smell dangerous ? and we know exactly how to act when we smell it."

The designers were particularly inspired by a 1937 explosion in the US state of Texas that was caused by an unnoticed gas leak. The incident prompted the government to artificially add scent to odourless gases, making them more readily detectable.
Wijnsma and Tanto received an e-culture grant from the Dutch Cultural Media Fund to develop Smell of Data in 2014 and launched it in September 2016 at the Science Museum in London.

Related story Architects underestimate "potentially sinister" smart-home technologies says Rem Koolhaas

The bottle, with its many sides and transparent shell revealing internal wires, is a prototype designed for exhibition display.
Wijnsma and Tanto are exploring whether the product can be turned into a more wearable item, possibly jewellery, to improve its usefulness.

As an increasing number of our everyday items become connected to the internet, designers have raised concerns about personal data security.
In a previous article on Dezeen, architect Rem Koolhaas expressed concern about lack of privacy with smart-home systems.
"There is a potentially sinister dimension to, before you know it, being surrounded by a house full of sensors that can follow you on the moment of entry," he said. "It creates, in my feeling, unhealthy knowledge of your personal behaviour preferences."

These internet-based technologies are vulnerable to hacking, according to experts, at which point personal information is no longer private.
Wijnsma and Tanto were also inspired in their project by whistleblower Edward Snowden, who increased awareness around the issue of government surveillance through computer networks.
"After Snowden's revelations a discussion about privacy started and awareness of possible risks was raised," said Wijnsma "People started caring about their privacy a lot, but I was surprised that real action, even though sometimes simple, was hardly taken."
Project Credits:
Concept: Leanne Wijnsma, Froukje Tan

Smell: Leanne Wijnsma, ScentAir

Code: Jip de Beer

Scent dispenser prototype: Robert van Leeuwen

Design: Leanne Wijnsma

Camera: Froukje Tan, Leanne Wijnsma

Photography: Simone C. Niquille

Editing: Kr...


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Fecha de publicación: 12-10-2016 21:40
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