The Smell of Success is an Internet connected object that emits a puff of perfume every time you get a retweet.
Hacking an off the shelf Glade air freshener, we attached it to an Arduino and programmed it to be controlled through Processing. The software then listens to retweets of the @MintFoundry account. When it finds one, it sends a signal to the air freshener to puff.
Twitter owes a certain amount of its popularity to our inherent desire to be liked and acknowledged by our peers. Perhaps the best example of this in practice are retweets. That said, the satisfaction of getting one is so brief that it disappears into the ether as quickly as it appears.
A pleasant smell is the perfect analogy of this in the physical world, as it lingers on the nose just for a moment, before it disappears. With enough popularity, you’ll be able to quite literally bask in your own self glory!
If you’re interested in how we got here, check out the posts below.
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