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Scent-Based Security Devices

The 'Smell of Data' Device Warns of Data Breaches with Scent

— September 14, 2017 — Tech
Our sense of smell is useless when it comes to detecting danger in the online world, so the 'Smell of Data' is a device that aims to utilize our ability to smell threats and data breaches before they happen. The device works by incorporating a scent dispenser that will release a specific scent when online danger is detected, such as visiting an unprotected website or connecting to an insecure WiFi network.

Online security has become of paramount importance for nearly all consumers who spend hours each day in the virtual world, which is being acknowledged by brands and designers more acutely. The conceptual 'Smell of Data' device is the design work of Leanne Wijnsma and identifies how we could become more organically connected to our devices to sense data breaches before they happen.
Trend Themes
1. Scent-based Security - The use of smell in security devices to detect data breaches before they happen.
2. Organic Connectivity - Increasing the seamless interaction between humans and technology.
3. Virtual Threat Detection - Innovative ways to enhance online security beyond visual and auditory alerts.
Industry Implications
1. Cybersecurity - The development of smell-based devices is an opportunity to enhance the detection of online threats.
2. Home Automation - Incorporating scent-based security devices into smart homes is a potential disruptive innovation opportunity.
3. Health and Safety - The 'Smell of Data' device could also have applications in public spaces such as airports in detecting cyber threats.
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