Wow! "What will they think of next" just does not do justice to the fact that, according to a PC World article, “Japanese Scientists Create Printer That Can Create Scents,” the world (and the toy industry) is at some point in the future going to have access to a whole new way of prototyping and making products that engage the least used of all the senses for toy play; smell.
According to the article, the printer is a simple ink jet that shoots scented liquids on to printer paper; so simple but yet so revolutionary. Unfortunately, the scent does not last long and the scent selection is pretty much limited to less complex smells like “lemon, vanilla and mint.”
It’s a still way off but thinks of the applications both serious and ridiculously fun. I can’t wait.