Historically, patents are not just abstract concepts, for they have played an invaluable and practical role in everyday life of the common masses, at large. By rewarding ideas, patents encourage the development of innovations and new technologies in every field. As pointed out by the WIPO, innovation knows no bounds and thus, a patent idea can only be limited by the human imagination ! Here is a record of the weirdest and the most transmogrifying patent ideas throughout the modern-day history.
Fragrance generator for smartphone
Though the global perfume market size was estimated at USD 32.50 billion in 2019, there appears to be a lot of undiscovered terrain for extended applications of fragrant products and processes. Invented by Kim Young-taek, the “Fragrance generator for smartphone” (Patent application number KR20060036615A titled “Mobile telecommunication terminal diffusing fragrance and method thereof”) provides for a mobile terminal and a method for emitting a fragrance such that a specific fragrance selected by a user is emitted from a mobile terminal of the counterpart while a call is made with a remote party through a mobile terminal. While it may sound exciting and weird at the same time, the purported benefits of this invention might actually be very effective, especially for regular consumers of alcohol and tobacco products, more for the people around them allergic to the smell !