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The Technology Makes ScentsA) "Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel," said the 19th-century physician, poet and Harvard professor, Oliver Wendell Holmes. No wonder, then, that technologists have long sought a way to transmit smell electronically. Imagine being able to send from your phone not just a photo but the aroma( 芳香) of freshly mown grass, the scents of an exotic spice market or of a brand new perfume, and know that the recipient would instantly experience it. "Smell-and taste too-are going to be the next important dimensions for communicating by computer," says Adrian Cheok, professor of pervasive computing at City University in London. "They are the only senses connected with the limbic system(邊緣系統)in the brain, which is responsible for emotion and memory. But it's difficult to transmit smell because it's analogue(模擬的). It's like sound before MP3. "
B) The 42-year-old Australian electrical engineer is dedicated to bringing all five senses into communication and has a nose for(對敏感) commercial potential. His team's first smart phone smell product, Scentee, made by a Japanese company, is already selling 10,000 $ 30 units a month in Japan,traditionally the most receptive first market for eccentric technology products. It may soon make in-roads in the US. Bacon company Oscar Meyer earlier this year offered as competition prizes 1,000Scentees. The idea? For winners to programme their iPhone alarm to wake them with the aroma offrying bacon. Other innovators are working in this area too. Israeli inventor Amos Porat claims tohave shown a prototype of his digital smell dispenser, Scentasia, to enthusiastic toy manufacturers inthe US. Scentee is analogue in that it is chemical-based. It resembles a pipe bowl that connects to theheadphone socket of an iPhone 5 and, when triggered by text or alarm, emits a puff of, typically,bacon, coffee or lavender. Scentee can produce only one smell at a time, so the recipient has to havethe right cartridge (套筒) fitted to get the olfactory (嗅覺的) message as intended. But on ProfCheok's lab bench is the next prototype, which can produce 10 smell combinations.
C) "Once these technologies come together, we'll have high-fidelity capture and transmission of smell,"Prof Cheok says, speaking in a workshop full of electronic components and soldering irons. "Therewill be something like an ink-jet printer, with maybe 100 valves in a unit and real time combinationsto create many smells. " While this is theoretically possible, he admits he has not actually done it yet.
D) Corporate researchers are also looking into this area, however. Prof Cheok produces from his book-shelf a 2013 academic paper showing that this field may already be beyond the merely strange. It isentitled "Development of Highly Sensitive Compact Chemical Sensor System Employing a Microcantilever Array and a Thermal Preconcentrator". Its authors include someone from Olympus in Japan.
E) But how convincing is the existing City University kit? Prof Cheok demonstrates some smells createdand bottled by the renowned Mugaritz restaurant in northern Spain, which is working with his depart-ment on smell transmission. For a restaurant, transmitting smell by Internet could be a great publicitytool. The first Mugadtz aroma, of sesame, is easy to recognise. The second, which I fail to guess,is saffron. The third, which I get with prompting, is black pepper.
F) Prof Cheok's department is already working on the next level for smell transmission, which is wherethe technology goes from being partly analogue to wholly digital. "So the issue becomes, can we getaway from the chemicals by stimulating smell and taste with electrical or magnetic signals?"
G) Prof Cheok produces a crude device that electronically creates artificial taste in the brain. It is a rawcircuit board with a metal part sticking out. He asks me to put my tongue on this, promising it hasbeen cleaned with alcohol. An assistant clicks on her laptop and I get a distinctly sour sensation.Sweet, salty and bitter, he says, are in development. For electronic smell, the department is collabo-rating with a neuroscience lab in France specialising in "emotional perception". "The olfactory bulb(嗅球) is harder to access than the tongue, buried behind the nose, so probes would be painful," heexplains. "So the idea might, be a small magnetic coil in the mouth and a pulsed magnetic field thatwill generate currents in the olfactory bulb. It could take the form of a mouth guard kind of thing. "He suggests making food taste salty by embedding a taste probe on to your fork and knife.
H) Prof Cheok envisages electronic taste transmission might lead to the development of "digital food",he says, "People will transmit a flavour over the internet. " As with digital music, people will be a-ble to use the technology to invent new flavours. "It won't just lead to reproduction of coffee orwhatever, but we will digitally invent completely new kinds of food based on digital smell andtaste. "
I) A full professor at 36, Prof Cheok's accessible TED-talk manner, along with the proven demand in its test market for Scentee, gives even his arguably more left field predictions a whiff of plausibility. Af- ter all, if there is one constant that perhaps explains why some sceptically received inventions succeed where others fail, it is that they appeal to basic human emotion and the desire to communicate.
J) Lest any bodily sense should feel left out, Prof Cheok then turns to communicating touch by comput- er, an idea that was being discussed 30 years ago when virtual reality was in vogue. Except, as with Scentee, Prof Cheok and his disciples have already been there and sold the T-shirt, so to speak. James Teh, a former PhD student, has spun off a Singapore company, www. mytjacket, tom, making re- motely controlled "hugging jackets" for autistic children( 自閉癥兒童), who are especially receptive to a hug, even if it is delivered by a parent thousands of miles away from his phone. It is impossible, of course, to predict if any of Prof Cheok and his team's inventions will take off. However, with their focused attention to those all important human emotions, and the raw evocative(喚起的)power of smell in particular, it is hard not to feel they are in fertile territory.
1.[選詞填空]Prof Cheok creates a gadget, which will produce artificial taste sensations in the brain.
    • 解題思路:定位句提到“凱奧克制作了一種原型,能夠通過電子方式在人腦中制造人工味覺。”題干中的gadget是對論述中的de— vice同義轉述。因此選項G正確。
    2.[選詞填空]A particular device would grant parents the ability to give a reassuring hug remotely from anywhere tochildren with autism.
      • 解題思路:定位句提到“已經畢業的博士生詹姆斯·泰赫(James Teh)在新加坡創建了一家公司WWW.mytjacket.com,制造為孤獨癥兒童設計的可遠程控制的‘擁抱夾克’,孤獨癥兒童對擁抱特別敏感,即使是身在千里之外的父母通過手機傳遞過來的擁抱。”題干中的remotely是對論述中的thousands of miles away的同義轉述。因此選項J正確。
      3.[選詞填空]According to one academic paper, transmission of smell sensation is no longer an odd field of study.
        • 解題思路:According to one academic paper, transmission of smell sensation is no longer an odd field of study.
        4.[選詞填空]The Japanese are more readily to accept the unconventional technology products.
          • 解題思路:定位句提到“Et本一向是最容易接受奇異科技產品的市場。”題干中的uncon- ventional是對論述中的eccentric的同義轉述。因此選項B正確。
          5.[選詞填空]According to Prof Cheok, it is possible in theory to create many smells at the same time.
            • 解題思路:定位句提到“這在理論上是可能做到的,但他承認自己實際上還沒有取得成功。”題干中的possible in theory是對論述中的theoretically possible同義轉述。因此選項C正確。
            6.[選詞填空]The reason why those seemingly whimsical inventions turn out to be successful is that they meetpeople's emotional and communicative needs.
              • 解題思路:定位句提到“那些曾經招致懷疑目光的發明之所以有一些失敗了,有一些卻取得了成功,究其原因,可能是因為后者都具有一個特征:它們都迎合了人類的基本情感和溝通欲望。”題干中的 meets people's emotional and communicative needs是對論述中的appeal to basic human emotion and the desire to communicate的同義轉述。因此選項I正確。
              7.[選詞填空]Smell transmission by Intemet would help a restaurant attract the public's attention.
                • 解題思路:定位句提到“對一家餐廳而言,通過互聯網傳遞氣味是絕佳的宣傳手段。”題干中的publicity tool是對論述中的attract the public’s attention同義轉述。因此選項E正確。
                8.[選詞填空]Adrian Cheok has a sharp instinct about a product's commercial potential.
                  • 解題思路:定位句提到“這位42歲的澳大利亞電子工程師致力于實現五官感覺的通訊,并且善于發掘潛在商業機會。”題干中的has a sharp instinct是對論述中的has a nose for的同義轉述。因此選項B正確。
                  9.[選詞填空]Like composing digital music, people will be capable of creating new flavours digitally.
                    • 解題思路:定位句提到如數字化音樂一樣,人們將使用技術來發明新的味道。題干中的create是對論述中的invent的同義轉述。因此選項H正確。
                    10.[選詞填空]The sense of smell can help evoke one's memories and nostalgic feelings according to a physician.
                      • 解題思路:定位句提到“我們的非語言和非文字的線索往往比想象中泄露的信息還要多。”題干中的evoke是對定位句的reached同義轉述。因此選項A正確。
                      • 參考答案:G,J,D,B,C,I,E,B,H,A