The science behind OWidgets?

OWidgets is a University spin-out and is grounded in scientific evidence we have established over the years. Below you can find some insights on our work, explanations on the potential of smell and a list of publications.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Smell and Emotions

Our sense of smell is one of the most powerful human senses and is an integral part of how we experience reality in our everyday life, odours are all around us, and even if we are not aware of them they can influence our emotions, intentions, behaviours and even trigger our memories. Exploiting the sense of smell can significantly influence how we interact with technology in the future.

Multisensory Experiences

Given the ubiquity of touch, taste and smell in our everyday life, multisensory experiences with interactive technologies can potentially impact on society and consumer markets, creating entirely new products, technology, and service opportunities. We design a multisensory voyage that incorporates sound, smell, taste and tactile sensation in a way that people feel transported through the Dark Matter universe journey.

Smell enhancing Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality (VR) environments are increasingly used to simulate natural events and social interaction. We have worked on improving VR by smell stimulation. The Tree experience transforms you into a rainforest tree. With your arms as branches and your body as the trunk, you’ll experience the tree’s growth from a seedling into its fullest form and witness its fate first hand.

SmellControl: The Study of Sense of Agency in Smell.

Patricia Cornelio, Emanuela Maggioni, Giada Brianza, Sriram Subramanian and Marianna Obrist. ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI 2020). [DOI] [Video] - Best Paper Award

SMELL SPACE: Mapping out the Olfactory Design Space for Novel Interactions.

Emanuela Maggioni, Robert Cobden, Dmitrijs Dmitrenko, Kasper Hornbæk and Marianna Obrist. In ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI 2020). [DOI]

Communicating Cosmology with Multisensory Metaphorical Experiences.

Roberto Trotta, Daniel Hajas, José Eliel Camargo-Molina, Robert Cobden, Emanuela Maggioni and Marianna Obrist. In Journal of Science Communication, 2020. [DOI]

CARoma Therapy: Pleasant Scents Promote Safer Driving Better Mood, and Improved Well-Being in Angry Drivers.

Dmitrenko, D, Maggioni, E., Brianza, G., Holthausen, B. E., Walker, B. N., Obrist, M. In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. (CHI '20). [DOI]

Beyond Vision: How Learning Can Be Reimagined Through Smell and Multisensory Experiences.

Maggioni, E. In The Curve Magazine (2019), The new brain issue, 9, pp: 42-44, 2019.

“Like Popcorn”: Investigating Crossmodal Correspondences Between Scents, 3D Shapes and Emotions in Children.

Oussama Metatla, Emanuela Maggioni, Clare Cullen and Marianna Obrist. In Proceedings of the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Glasgow, Scotland, 2019. [DOI]

OWidgets: A Toolkit To Enable Smell-based Experience Design.

Maggioni, E., Cobden, R., and Obrist, M. In International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. 2019. [DOI]

As light as your scent: effects of smell and sound on body image perception.

Brianza, Giada, Tajadura-Jiméne, Ana, Maggioni, Emanuela, Pittera, Dario, Bianchi-Berthouze, Nadia and Obrist, Marianna. In Proceedings of the 17th IFIP TC 13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. Interact 2019: 17th IFIP TC.13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Paphos, Cyprus, 2 - 6 September 2019.

S(C)ENTINEL: monitoring automated vehicles with olfactory reliability displays.

Philipp Wintersberger, Dmitrijs Dmitrenko, Clemens Schartmüller, Anna-Katharina Frison, Emanuela Maggioni, Marianna Obrist, and Andreas Riener. In Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI '19). ACM, New York, NY, USA. [DOI]

Smell-O-Message: Integration of Olfactory Notifications into a Messaging Application to Improve Users' Performance.

Emanuela Maggioni, Robert Cobden, Dmitrijs Dmitrenko, and Marianna Obrist. 2018. In proceedings of the 20th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI '18). , New York, NY, USA. [DOI]

I Smell Trouble: Using Multiple Scents To Convey Driving-Relevant Information.

Dmitrijs Dmitrenko, Emanuela Maggioni, and Marianna Obrist. 2018. In proceedings of the 20th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI '18).New York, NY, USA. [DOI]

OSpace: Towards a Systematic Exploration of Olfactory Interaction Spaces.

Dmitrijs Dmitrenko, Emanuela Maggioni, Marianna Obrist. In proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces (ISS 2017). Brighton, United Kingdom [DOI]

Smelling the Space Around Us: Odor Pleasantness Shifts Visuospatial Attention in Humans.

Luca Rinaldi, Emanuela Maggioni, Nadia Olivero, Angelo Maravita & Luisa Girelli. In Emotions, 5, 1-5 (2017). [DOI]

Special issue: Multisensory human–computer interaction.

Marianna Obrist, Nimesha Ranasinghe, and Charles Spence. 2017. In proceedings of the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. [DOI]

Multisensory Experiences in HCI.

Marianna Obrist, Elia Gatti, Emanuela Maggioni, Chi Thanh Vi and Carlos Velasco. 2017. In IEEE MultiMedia, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 9-13, Apr.-June 2017. [DOI]