Neurogaming-What’s That Smell?
Smell-o-vision used to be the stuff of Sci-Fi visionaries but no longer. Smell-O-Vision may be here sooner than you think and its name is Neurogaming. Neurogaming is believed to be the future of gaming. However, the way I see it, neurogaming is the future of media and will be a remarkable tool for marketers. Neurosenory technology provides video gamers an added sense of being in the real world: smells and all. “The inclusion of olfactory output in a game is just one possible level of immersion that is being bandied about during discussions of the future of gaming under the umbrella term “neurogaming.” While it might not be all that appealing to be able to take a deep whiff of your character that has been running and fighting for days at a time, there are certain gameplay elements that would benefit from this technology in incredible and unique ways” (Fleming, 2013).
When I first read the article, You don’t think you want to smell your video games, but trust us – you do, by Digital Trends writer, Ryan Fleming, my thoughts immediately shifted to the idea of how great this technology would be for marketing purposes.
“We can only agree with Mr Lynch when he says we are at the dawn of the neurogaming age. Nothing proves it better than finally having a conference that offers an unprecedented glimpse into the future of games, combining emotional, cognitive, sensory and behavioral technologies to create radically new experiences for gamers. If you are interested in consumer oriented BCI technology or the future of gaming -and you don’t mind paying out $1,150 for the ticket (before March 1)-, this is definitely a must attend event for you or your company. This will be the consumer BCI industry’s own E3 show dear readers, and it will be huge!” (Kurzweil, 2013).
Imagine a home fragrance designer being able to test their products on consumers, through the use of neuro-technology. without the consumer ever leaving their house.
Or better yet, imagine a pizzeria restaurant owner with the ability to tempt consumers with the smell of freshly baked pizza while their commercial flashes across the TV screen. As it stands right now, there is a heightened sense of urgency in the production of neurosensor technology as it applies to video gaming but, as a marketing professional, the potential for its use in marketing should not be overlooked.
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