An instructor at Parsons has created a watch that tells you what time it is with smell. Morning smell: coffee. Bedtime: Chamomile.

Aisen Caro Chacin teaches electronics at the Parsons New School for Design in New York. Her Scent Rhythm timekeeping device follows a person’s circadian rhythm using an atomizing fragrance stored in tiny glass bulbs inside the watch.

Made from heat-formed plastic and a foam lining to protect the wrist, the watch (pictured in this Dan Bracaglia photo from the February 2014 issue of Popular Science) looks more like a piece of sculptural jewelry than a watch. And with only six timed scent releases, it’s not going to help you ensure that you arrive at that appointment precisely on time.

You can see the ”guts” of the watch and the brief demo video (below) at Chacin’s Maker Faire page (where she describes herself as “a regenerating composition of cells that form an independent unit”).

 Published Jan. 17, 2014 at