A new camera has been developed that can capture the smell. What if you could recapture the freshly baked birthday cake, or the scent of the wild flowers on your last holiday? Or the smell of shampoo your girlfriend used to use.
Radcliffe’s design is a new kind of camera that records the smells, not the images. Her project, developed in the college’s Textile Futures department in the 1970s by Swiss fragrance chemist Roman Kaiser, for obtaining the composition of rare botanical scents for the perfume industry. It has faceted ceramic casing, glass funnel and plastic tubes, it also looks like a mysterious piece of scientific apparatus. It can take anything from a few minutes to capture.