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Technology never ceases to amaze me, you guys. Food for thought: the word “hello” only became the standard American salutation 140 years ago when Edison invented the microphone that made the first telephones possible. The reason is because it was the choice word he used to respond to his assistant the first time any human had ever heard sound transmitted through wires in such a fashion. Thank God Alexander Graham Bell’s preference of using “ahoy” didn’t become the norm, because that would be, well, very pirate.
Flash-forward to the mid 1990s: phones are now mobile for the first time, and stylish, too. You carry them in awesome, trendy, leather bags, and if you’re a Wall Street exec, there is probably one in your car’s glovebox, too. I’m far from ashamed to say my family had one of these bad boys in the back of the Oldsmobile when I was, like, eight.
Cue the dot com crash, then give genuine American hard work and prowess for progress–along with Steve Jobs on acid–another 15 years, and boom! The invention of the iPhone notches another hole in communication history’s belt.
Think about it. In just 140 years, we have advanced a communication so far that the thought of a phone with wires is ludicrous, and every answer in the world to any question we could beg sits within our palm in a device that can literally do anything someone creative enough can think up, for better or worse.
Thankfully, the people at Oscar Mayer are doing a lot of that “better” in seeking to leave their technological mark on humanity.
An iOS app that wakes you with the smell of bacon in conjunction with an alarm now exists. If only Steve Jobs were still around to see this.
The app is aptly named “Wake Up and Smell the Bacon,” and it features a vital component known as a “dongle,” which plugs into the headphone jack on your iPhone. The so-called dongle is responsible for emitting that beautiful bacon bouquet to help you rise every morning with the mentality that you’re going to shine every morning.
Smells amazing from here. I wonder if they have any maple or smoked variations? Total possibility for v2.0, that’s for sure.
This video, courtesy of the Oscar Mayer Institute for the Advancement of Bacon (OMIFAB) pretty much fills you in on everything else you need to know about the amazing dreams you’ll inevitably have, knowing you’re going to wake up to this every morning. The featured talent is A1 steak sauce, too.
Yeah, I could do that every morning for sure.
A complete explanation of the app and its design can be found in the iTunes Store. Unfortunately though, in order to procure this revolutionary, bacon scented, good dream fostering, little Oscar Mayer dongle thing, you have to win it.
Apparently, you can apply for your chance to get a bacon scent device at WakeUpAndSmellTheBacon.com from March 3 until April 4, 2014. Only a limited quantity of them exist as of now.
I wouldn’t get bent out of shape if you don’t win one, though. I have a feeling we’re going to see these things in the consumer market in the near future if the technology really is decent at replicating smells, which Mashable claims it does pretty well.
Hopefully, my foresight is akin to the same feeling George Orwell had while penning “1984,” when he predicted we would have flat screens on our walls, the ability to chat with friends through them, and that we would watch mindless programs like “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” while simultaneously being observed by a government. The possibilities for scented alarm clock apps are totally endless.
Also, in the case that the government might be watching your iPhone, at least they know you’re frat because you’ve been crushing Fratty Bird for the last 18 hours straight.