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The sense of smell and taste in virtual reality porn

by The Red Ghost 23 nov. 2017
We’ve already seen in a previous article how improving resolution and field of view of visuals can improve your VR porn experience. The same holds audio for audio, that can create a strong sense of intimacy and trigger that mind orgasm known with the name of ASMR. Today I want to talk you about other two important senses that can be included in your virtual experience and that are usually ignored by all people talking about VR: smell and taste.

Smell is our most ancient sense and is well known for being deeply interconnected in the brain with our areas regarding sex and sexual attraction. If even Wikipedia has a page completely dedicated to how the odor of another person can make us attracted to her/him, then surely the theme is very important. This means that properly using smell can not only make our VR porn experience more realistic, but also make us more excited. 
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(Image source: Stockings VR)

Imagine that you’re with your headset (like Oculus Go)on your head and you’re watching this beautiful girl being there, just in front of you. Now imagine that you can also feel her smell: at the beginning maybe she smells like flowers because she’s used that scent just for you; then she comes next to you and you can feel the odor of her skin from all over her body; then things get pretty serious and you start feeling the smell of sex all around you. Surely even by just reading these words, you got a bit aroused by the idea… imagine if you could live that! Surely you’d become so horny that you’d like to live inside your virtual reality porn experience forever.

Unluckily, creating such an experience is far from easy. First of all, smells are not as colors: there are not 3 primary odors with which you can create all possible smells and this makes the creation of a scent emitter very difficult. Every single perfume has to be crafted “by hand”, creating a cartridge that contains that exact scent so that it can be emitted into the environment. This means that a scent emitter can only release in the air the exact smells of the cartridges that it owns. Imagine that as a printer that can’t create all colors starting with the 4 CMYK cartridges, but can only print 3-4 predefined colors (e.g. aqua, brown, black and green). That would be so bad: it couldn’t print all images that we want. We can’t have a device that emits all odors we wish, but only some predefined ones. The consequence is that is not possible that this piece of hardware emits the different smell of each girl of every virtual reality porn video that you see here on PornFoxVR. It is only possible to create some generic “women skin” or “men skin” (if you’re a woman) smell and make you feel that in every video that you watch. This is bad since you can’t feel the real smell of every woman and choose the one that you like the most, but it can be incredible to enhance your virtual erotic experience nonetheless.
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(Image source: Virtual Taboo)

That’s why CamSoda, a very popular porn cams website, has created OhRoma, a mask that you can wear to smell sex while you watch VR cams through your mobile VR headset (e.g. Cardboard). The mechanism is exactly the one that I described: you buy some cartridges containing the various odors that you want to smell and put them into the mask. Camsoda offers various interesting alternatives, like body skin, panties, private parts and generic delightful fragrances. Then you use a dedicated app to select which ones of these scents you want to feel and to create your perfect mix (for instance 50% roses and 50% private parts). In the end you wear the VR device and the OhRoma mask and you start living your scented porn experience, that is more sensual, more exciting than the standard one. And since it can also be integrated with teledildonics devices, this framework tries really to offer the most realism possible. The problems of the proposed solution are:
  • The OhRoma seems a gas mask and doesn’t seems that comfortable;
  • The odors are not synchronized with the video that you’re watching, so it is like they just add an “ambient perfume” to your experience, without adding true realism;
  • You have only some predefined smells that you can choose from (but, as I’ve said, this is not a solvable problem at the moment).
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(Image source: Camsoda)

About the first point, a device like the Japanese VAQSO can help a lot. Even if it is not tailored to adult experiences, it has a very comfortable design that you just attach with a magnet under your headset and then it sprays scent particles towards your nose. Furthermore, it has an API that can be used to synchronize the perfumes emissions with the right moments in the video when they have to be smelled. It still works with cartridges, but at least you don’t look like someone coming from a bacteriological war.

If with smell we have just some incomplete solutions, with taste we’re just at experimentation stage in universities. The best studies on taste have been conducted by Nimesha Ranasinghe at the University of Singapore. He has discovered that applying a thermal and electrical stimulation to our tongue, it is possible to create some taste sensations like sour, sweet, salty, mint and spicy. He has crafted some devices to create these tastes emulation on the tongue of the users and also a network protocol to transmit these tastes between different people.

This can be very interesting both for virtual reality porn and virtual reality cams: imagine having the ability to kiss your virtual girlfriend and sense the cherry taste of her lipstick. And then lick her body and taste her salty skin. This, united with the sensation of smell, can put your virtual reality experience to a completely new level of realism. It would really be as having that girl in the bed having sex with you. Incredible. 

It has been nice to dream about these two senses, but as you’ve surely understood, we’re just at the beginning. Smell is offered only through 2-3 experimental devices and taste isn’t even offered in a single commercial solution. But we’re sure that the more we’ll go on, the more these sensations will be offered in VR porn experiences… and when times will be ready, PornFoxVR will be there to offer them to you!

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