Google Nose Lets You Search Scents, What Melted Chocolate Smells Like
Sometimes, we wish we could search for what brown butter smells like, or perhaps an unknown spice in a new recipe. Naturally, Google has a tool for that (or not).
In Google's latest April Fools prank, the team has launched a preview to Google Nose, beta. "Coming to your senses: go beyond type, talk, and touch for a new notation of sensation," their promo page says. With the Google Aromabase with 15 million scentibytes, and when you're scared of trying the scents? "Don't ask, don't smell: For when you're wary of your query — SafeSearch included."
This isn't the first time electronic scents have been a the heart of some April Fools pranks; back in 2008, a software engineer wrote a mock press release for electronic scratch-and-sniff Google Books, for titles like "The Cheese Companion," and "The Science of Chocolate."
Watch the promo below for a few laughs, then imagine the possibilities. Not sure when your butter is done browning to that toasty, nutty smell? Ask Google Search. Need a quick pick-me-up? Search "fresh chocolate chip cookies." Need a wake up call? Search "fresh coffee" or maybe "lemon zest." Imagine the possibilities for cheese and wine writeups. We're down. Make it happen, April Fool's joke or not.