Do you ever miss the smell of books while using your eReader? There’s no app for that, yet, but you might want to check out this robot.

I’ve just learned of a new Kickstarter for Olly, the smell-o-bot. This project is designed to give you scent notifications of your online status updates. If it gets funding, you will be able smell when someone posts on your Facebook wall, responds to  tweet, and  so on.

The project is still trying to get funded, so it’s some ways away from being available. But I like the idea, nonetheless. If it is released it would make a nice addition to my office. It would be nice to have an app that I could click to make the room smell like a bookstore or library.

But you don’t have to wait for this project. If you have access to a 3D printer and are handy with a soldering iron, you’ll soon be able to build your own. You’ll just need to wait for the instructions to be published.

You can check out all the thinking (and prototypes) behind the gadget on Mint Digital’s blog.

Olly Factory