The Odor Menu is an innovative solution for accommodating the blind at eat-in restaurants, but it is an equally compelling concept for cartes du jour in general. Along with the name of each meal made by the in-house chef is an accompanying aroma to help represent it more tangibly.
The inventive device of Liu Dongming, Liu Jie and Wen Ho is a palm-sized handheld gadget with a tactile release button and a pair of perforated odor outlets in the bottom. The front surface is an Electric Active Plastic-screen (EAP) that changes shape to spell out different edible options in braille. Left and right arrows guide the patron swiftly through the Odor Menu, allowing him to take a sniff of his selections before confirming his choice.
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