VAR (Virtual and Augmented Reality) Scent

Document Type

Student Presentation

Presentation Date



College of Engineering


Department of Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Peter Müllner


The VAR (Virtual and Augmented Reality) Scent project was started by Dr. John Bieter and Dr. Peter Mullner in the fall of 2017, under the College of Innovation and Design (CID) as a Vertically Integrated Project (VIP). Vertically Integrated Projects are classes offered to students looking for opportunities to excel and work on innovative projects. Students learn to work in groups and create original ideas.

Our class has two main outcomes; the first goal of VAR Scent is to develop a software application and engineer a device that aims to deliver a scent to a user in virtual reality. We are using an existing virtual reality (VR) headset called an Oculus Rift to help us achieve this goal. The second goal of VAR Scent is to develop students and invite them to challenge themselves as professionals.

VAR Scent aims to develop a product that can be used in a variety of scenarios in the future; such as Alzheimer’s memory therapy, education, or professional training. The curriculum also focuses on the importance of character development. Responsibility, Self-Reflection, and Communication are some of the traits that are studied by students to understand the importance of developing themselves.

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