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We got sprayed in the face by a 9D television

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The 9D television developed by the University of Sussex

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A prism sprays small bursts of smelly vapour towards the nose while pulses of air are fired at the hand to tease the senses: this is '9D' television.

On screen, when Baymax – the animated inflatable star of Big Hero 6 – springs a leak, air is pulsed from a haptic device onto the palm of the viewer.

In the microgravity of Interstellar, a sharp burst of air hits the hand at the precise moment a small asteroid crashes into Matthew McConaughey's spacecraft.

Similar technology is already breaking into other forms of entertainment; touch feedback is being developed for gaming and smells can already be sent via mobile phone.

Television systems of the future could put the watcher in the driving seat of a car chase, where every bump in the road is felt, or transmit the smells from the kitchen of a cookery show.

But transmitted feelings are limited by the hand having to be kept above the haptic interface.

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