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Wake up and smell the virtual coffee: The OPHONE will take your breath away

October 22, 2013 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Paul Sawers / The Next Web

You're well-versed in�virtual pets,�virtual reality�and many other virtual variants of physical entities. But what about virtual coffee? Yes, this is a 'thing', it seems.

The Next Web is at Wired 2013 today in London, where�David Edwards, a professor in Biomedical Engineering at Harvard University and founder of�Le Labatoire, was on hand to give a glimpse into the future of your favorite caffeinated beverage.

Le Laboratoire is a contemporary art and design center in Paris, where creatives experiment "at frontiers of science", and out of this has come a virtual coffee bar serving up a series of bean-based experiments involving beakers and burning, vapors and tubes.

They're chiefly sensory-based - while you will get a mild hit of caffeine from inhaling the various vapors, they won't give you the full coffee experience. "It's much more of a 'head' experience," explains Edwards.

But one of these experiments really caught our attention, which is called 'the OPHONE' (not to be confused with�OPhone), a little Bluetooth-enabled cylindrical device that emits aromas based on messages sent from a mobile phone.

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