Smell-Based Memory Recollection and Communication Support

  • Yusuke Kita
  • Yoshio Nakatani
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6851)


Many victims of The Great Best Japan Earthquake lost many precious mementos. Such losses can result in more time being required to recover emotionally and mentally. This paper proposes an effective reminder management system using smell. The system focuses support for recollecting fond memories. Preliminary experiments using a device that produces smell showed that it was effective to help recall fond memories by smell. This system encourages us to remember fond memories by inducing specific smells, recording smells in a system, and allowing communication between people who have similar experiences.


fond memories recollection communication olfactory modality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yusuke Kita
    • 1
  • Yoshio Nakatani
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of Science and EngineeringRitsumeikan UniversityJapan

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