Product: Phone: Signal
Smell Phone   (+3)  [vote for, against]
Get attention when the ringer is off

Phone has a little cartride with several odorants. Instead of ringing the phone can release puffs of some smell. When the ringer is off the caller receives an announcement like "The party you are calling has disabled the ringer but may be available. You can notify the party about your desire to communicate with a puff of odorant please enter:
(1) for cherry
(2) for lemon
(3) for boiled cabbage
(4) to raise a real stink"
This will lead to a whole new market for phone smells, similar to exchangeable face plates and ring tones. There will also be follow up inventions like tubes that guide the smell from the phone in your pocket to your nose. Watch the economy boom!
-- kbecker, Jan 28 2004

//we want to know how its to be accomplished!// http://www.nomoreba...ronellacollars.html
Same technology that drives this, of course no barking involved. [kbecker, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

[po]'s phone? http://www.halfbake...n_20in_20a_20bottle
(1) for before shower
(2) for after shower, ... [kbecker, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]

Quarter Past Lemon http://www.halfbake...rter_20Past_20Lemon
Don't comfuse your phone with your clock! [phoenix, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]

Keitai Kunkun - Is the first among the world!
This probably works on the same principle as the little "light-up" cell phone pendants, which would mean that it doesn't work with run-of-the-mill US cellphones. Still, it's nice to know someone's covered this. [jutta, Dec 05 2005]

you have been here long enough to know we want to know how its to be accomplished!
-- po, Jan 28 2004

aren't there room deodarants that work by plugging into to an outlet? That should work+
-- theircompetitor, Jan 28 2004

<sniff> cherry?
"Hold on a sec someone's on the other line.
-- 2 fries shy of a happy meal, Jan 28 2004

This would be a wonderful form of caller ID...

"Hops, must be Norman"
-- normzone, Jan 28 2004

For [po] it would probably be some man in a bottle.
-- kbecker, Jan 28 2004

-- trickstar66, Jan 28 2004

The real challenge might be 3 way calling. And conferencing, forget it.
-- theircompetitor, Jan 28 2004

"Sorry I missed your call, I was out on the patio and the phone was downwind."
-- krelnik, Jan 29 2004

How will you stop the smells lingering around the phone while you talk on it?
-- oneoffdave, Jan 29 2004

Just let them linger, they will drift off eventually. If someone calls while you are talking it could just make the usual call-waiting noise.
-- kbecker, Jan 29 2004

Oh God! That smells terrible! Whose phone was that?!?
-- Space-Pope, Jan 29 2004

Not the phone, was the Energizer Bunny in the walkman; told you to use Copper Top.
-- kbecker, Jan 29 2004

How about something like a color printer cartridge? Instead of having cartridges for the smell of cherry, or lemon, ect... we have odor ingredients to make various smells. Such as a person could talk on the cell phone to another person and use a "smell capture" feature and transmit that smell to your friends phone.

//:How will you stop the smells lingering around the phone while you talk on it?:// I have a Nokia 5120 so my phone is not state-of-the-art, but what about a flip-phone with the scent nozzle by the hinge pointed towards your nose. This could also help people use the correct ear-to-front angle your supposed to use with cellular phones. (Which, again, is not so important with the flip phones anymore with the speaker between your ear and the antenna. This also could help to use scent more efficently also.
-- dickity, Jan 29 2004

I dont where you get them from.. but keep it rolling! +
-- nomadic_wonderer, Feb 02 2004

You could have called this idea the "Smellyphone". That would have been funnier....
-- Minimal, Dec 06 2005

send-a-smell - been there.
-- xenzag, Dec 06 2005

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