It is a well known fact that video games and simulators have been used to help prepare soldiers for life on the battlefield, but Birmingham researchers have gone one up by throwing in smells to the mix. Imagine wearing a pair of virtual reality goggles and walking down a street of war-torn Iraq, where you hear the clarion call of the mosque to ask the Muslim faithful to prayer. On your right would be the pitter patter of children’s feet as they congregate near you to ask for some money to buy breakfast, while right ahead you see a burning bus, with plumes of smoke rising to the sky to signify a lost battle. Imagine now, being able to smell that putrid smoke right there and then. It is hoped that such technology will help soldiers prepare themselves for their first overseas posting, and the Scent Palette is here to help. Talk about pungent technology!
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