Study on a “Wearable Sensor Biofeedback Aroma intervention”
An ethnographic research study was carried out on the viability of a small, multiple scent cartridge device prior to the development of early scent delivery device prototypes (with accelerometers, galvanic skin response, etc).
645 private individuals were surveyed; predominantly women (91% female, 9% male), living in the UK who regularly use perfume and essential oil products. 22% were homemakers, 55% professional (admin/managers/workers), 23% retired, student, unemployed, ‘other’.
Age from 18 -65 years: age 18-29 [17%], age 30-39 [26%], age 40-49 [27%], age 50+ [30%]
. 97% were "very interested’" in a wearable, sensor-induced/timed-release scent wearable device embedded in jewellery and/or smart accessories or clothing.
. 93% would buy more products if it offered the same effect but without solvents (ethanol).
. 45% would pay £50 for an eScent device with replaceable/refillable cartridges.
. Key benefits: scent is dispensed in response to a biosensor and therefore only when it is needed (71%), it is easy to carry (62%), it is small in size (53%), it is more efficient, economical and sustainable than the traditional perfume bottle spray delivery (47%), it is localised, non-invasive and targeted delivery; it also creates a localised ‘SCENT BUBBLE’ (45%) which is protected by a pending patent, it offers more than one scent (44%) and the ability to switch tone and intensity rapidly (34%).