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Digital Scent Technology Market Research Report – Segmentation By Hardware devices (E-Nose & Scent Synthesizer), End-user (Marketing, Food & Beverage, Entertainment, Education, Healthcare, Communication & Military & Defense), Application (Mobile Phones, Music and Video Games, Quality Control Products, Odor Screens, Medical Diagnostic Products, Others) & Geography – Industry Forecast to 2027

Published: January, 2022
ID: 9377
Pages: 170

Digital Scent Technology Market Size (2022 - 2027)

The global digital scent technology market was valued at $21.10 million in 2020 and is expected to reach $34.57 million in 2026, registering a CAGR of 10.24%, over the projection period 2022 - 2027.

Digital Scent technology includes end products such as mobile phones, scented screens, music and video games, explosives detectors, quality control products and medical diagnostic products, among others. It gives the user the advantage of smelling the product before purchasing it online. For example, a Californian company Digiscents Inc. has created a small device called iSmell, which has its controller and can be connected via a personal computer via serial ports.

Developments in virtual reality increase the expansion of the market for digital scent technology. Virtual reality improves the characteristics of computers by introducing new concepts, such as the smell of Digi, which is a combination of both hardware and software. The hardware part generates the odor, and the software part makes it possible to create specific signals for distinct scents.

Digital scent technology can also be implemented in retail warehouses to prepare workers to deal with the consequences of machine failure. However, high initial costs and lack of awareness are supposed to hamper market growth. The high price of the electronic nose and the time lags between successive olfactory flavors are some constraints facing the market for digital scent technology.

Market Growth and Trends

  • The healthcare sector is expected to experience a substantial increase in the global digital scent market due to the increasing implementation of electronic nose applications for clinical diagnosis. An electronic nose is capable of providing useful information through the analysis of volatile organic compounds in bodily fluids, such as exhaled breath, urine and blood, which could lead to the adoption of this technology in the healthcare industry.
  • In the health sector, digital scent technology is used in aromatherapy to treat certain diseases using different types of odors. Aromatherapy also helps diagnose brain disorders. The health care industry will experience the highest growth rate due to the increased adoption of electronic nose synthesizers and odors to detect cancer. However, the high cost of these devices could hamper the adoption rate in the healthcare industry.

Market Drivers and Restraints

Several factors, such as the application of the electronic nose in the evaluation of the quality of raw materials in the food industry and clinical diagnostics, are driving the growth of the global digital scent technology market. The unpredictability of airflow and chemicals can harm human health, and these are major challenges for companies operating in the market.

The digital scent technology used in defense and clinical diagnostics is relatively expensive and therefore hinders future market expansion. The unpredictability of airflow is another crucial factor that impedes the transmission of digital odors and thus restricts their use. The high cost of the electronic nose and the time between flavors of successive smells are some limitations in the global market for digital scent technology.




Market Size Available

2020 – 2026

Base Year


Forecast Period

2021 - 2026



Segments Covered

Type, Application, End-User, Region

Various Analyses Covered

Global, Regional & Country Level Analysis, Segment-Level Analysis, DROC, PESTLE Analysis, Porter’s Five Forces Analysis, Competitive Landscape, Analyst Overview on Investment Opportunities

Regions Covered

North America, Europe, APAC, Latin America, Middle East & Africa

Market Leaders Profiled

ScentSational Technologies LLC (United States), Scent Sciences Corporation (United States), Smiths Detection Inc. (United States), Electronics Sensor Technology (United States), Scentcom Ltd. (Israel), The eNose Company (The Netherlands), AIRSENSE Analytics GmbH (Germany) and other market players

Fastest Growing Region

Asia Pacific

Largest Market

North America


Market Segmentation

The global market for digital scent technology can be segmented and sub-segmented into the following categories: 

Digital Scent Technology Market - By Type

  • Scent Synthesizers
  • Electronic Noses

The electronic nose or e-nose is a device that analyzes the chemical content of a specific odor and identifies it. The perfume synthesizer is a computing device that is connected to a USB port or a serial port through which scent is emitted every time a user visits the website in question or opens their email account. In terms of type, the electronic nose market segment is expected to have a substantial share of the market due to its intensive use in the defense and healthcare sectors. 

Digital Scent Technology Market - By Application

  • Mobile Phones
  • Music and Video Games
  • Quality Control Products
  • Odor Screens
  • Medical Diagnostic Products
  • Others

Medical diagnostic products accounted for the largest market share in 2014 due to increased awareness of the early detection of disease by these products. These products are widely used in the health sector. The explosives detector market is expected to record the highest growth rate between 2015 and 2020. Explosives detectors are commonly used in military, defense and security applications. The food and beverage industry uses quality control products to assess raw materials.

Digital Scent Technology Market - End-User

  • Healthcare
  • Entertainment
  • Food and Beverage
  • Education 
  • Advocacy
  • Others

In the healthcare sector, digital odor technology is used in aromatherapy to cure certain diseases through the use of different types of odors. In the education sector, digital odor technology is used to teach specific subjects such as botany, geography, and history. In the entertainment industry, digital scent technology helps make a movie or music more realistic. In the defense sector, digital odor technology is used to detect explosives. Digital scent technology finds its maximum use in the health sector, followed by food and drink and defense. The health sector is assumed to hold a sizeable share of the market during the outlook period.

Regional Analysis

  1. North America
  2. Europe
  3. Asia Pacific
  4. Latin America
  5. Middle East & Africa

In terms of geography, the global market for digital scent technology can be segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa and Latin America. North America is anticipated to have a significant market share due to the presence of leading players operating in this market. Europe is presumed to follow North America in terms of market share. However, the Asia-Pacific market is foreseen to overgrow during the forecast period due to rapid development and investments in research and development in digital scent technology.

Key players in the market:

The main players in the global digital scent technology market are:

  1. ScentSational Technologies LLC (United States)
  2. Scent Sciences Corporation (United States)
  3. Smiths Detection Inc. (United States)
  4. Electronics Sensor Technology (United States)
  5. Scentcom Ltd. (Israel)
  6. The eNose Company (The Netherlands)
  7. AIRSENSE Analytics GmbH (Germany)

Recent Developments

  • In 2018, nearly two dozen Amazon warehouse workers were hospitalized after a robot punctured a box of bear repellents. Implementing the technology in these situations could avoid severe damage, provided they are equipped with the necessary precautionary devices.
  • Comon Invent BV was working on the We-nose project at the port of Rotterdam to improve monitoring of air quality in the port area of Rotterdam. The company, along with the help of others, is testing the possibility of automatic source recognition.

1. Introduction                                 

                1.1 Market Definition                    

                1.2 Scope of the report                

                1.3 Study Assumptions                 

                1.4 Base Currency, Base Year and Forecast Periods

2. Research Methodology                                           

                2.1 Analysis Design                         

                2.2 Research Phases                      

                                2.2.1 Secondary Research           

                                2.2.2 Primary Research 

                                2.2.3 Data Modelling      

                                2.2.4 Expert Validation  

                2.3 Study Timeline                          

3. Report Overview                                        

                3.1 Executive Summary                

                3.2 Key Inferencees                       

4. Market Dynamics                                       

                4.1 Impact Analysis                         

                                4.1.1 Drivers      

                                4.1.2 Restaints  

                                4.1.3 Opportunities        

                4.2 Regulatory Environment                       

                4.3 Technology Timeline & Recent Trends                            

5. Competitor Benchmarking Analysis                                    

                5.1 Key Player Benchmarking                     

                                5.1.1 Market share analysis        

                                5.1.2 Products/Service  

                                5.1.3 Regional Presence               

                5.2 Mergers & Acquistion Landscape                      

                5.3 Joint Ventures & Collaborations                        

6. Market Segmentation                                              

                6.1 Digital Scent Technology Market, By Hardware Devices

                                6.1.1 E-Nose      

                                6.1.2 Scent Synthesizer

                                6.1.3 Market Size Estimations & Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

                                6.1.4 Y-o-Y Growth Rate Analysis             

                                6.1.5 Market Attractiveness Index          

                6.2 Digital Scent Technology Market, By End-User

                                6.2.1 Marketing               

                                6.2.2 Food & Beverage 

                                6.2.3 Entertainment       

                                6.2.4 Education

                                6.2.5 Healthcare              

                                6.2.6 Communication    

                                6.2.7 Military & Defense              

                                6.2.8 Market Size Estimations & Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

                                6.2.9 Y-o-Y Growth Rate Analysis             

                                6.2.10 Market Attractiveness Index        

                6.3 Digital Scent Technology Market, By Application

                                6.3.1 Mobile Phones      

                                6.3.2 Music and Video Games   

                                6.3.3 Quality Control Products   

                                6.3.4 Odor Screens         

                                6.3.5 Medical Diagnostic Products            

                                6.3.6 Market Size Estimations & Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

                                6.3.7 Y-o-Y Growth Rate Analysis             

                                6.3.8 Market Attractiveness Index          

7. Geographical Landscape                                         

                7.1 Global Identity Governance and Administration Market, by Region

                7.2 North America - Market Analysis (2022 - 2027)

                                7.2.1 By Country              



                                7.2.2 By Hardware Devices          

                                7.2.3 By End-User           

                                7.2.4 By Application        

                7.3 Europe                         

                                7.3.1 By Country              






                                       Rest of Europe

                                7.3.2 By Hardware Devices          

                                7.3.3 By End-User           

                                7.3.4 By Application        

                7.4 Asia Pacific                  

                                7.4.1 By Country              




                                       South Korea

                                       South East Asia

                                       Australia & NZ

                                       Rest of Asia-Pacific

                                7.4.2 By Hardware Devices          

                                7.4.3 By End-User           

                                7.4.4 By Application        

                7.5 Latin America                             

                                7.5.1 By Country              




                                       Rest of Latin America

                                7.5.2 By Hardware Devices          

                                7.5.3 By End-User           

                                7.5.4 By Application        

                7.6 Middle East and Africa                           

                                7.6.1 By Country              

                                       Middle East


                                7.6.2 By Hardware Devices          

                                7.6.3 By End-User           

                                7.6.4 By Application        

8. Key Player Analysis                                    

                8.1 ScentSational Technologies LLC                         

                                8.1.1 Business Description           

                                8.1.2 Products/Service  

                                8.1.3 Financials 

                                8.1.4 SWOT Analysis       

                                8.1.5 Recent Developments       

                                8.1.6 Analyst Overview 

                8.2 Scent Sciences Corporation                 

                8.3 Smiths Detection Inc.                             

                8.4 Electronics Sensor Technology                           

                8.5 Scentcom Ltd                             

                8.6 The eNose Company                              

                8.7 AIRSENSE Analytics GmbH                   

                8.8 Comon Invent BV                    

9. Market Outlook & Investment Opportunities                                


                List of Tables

                List of Figures

  1. Global Digital Scent Technology Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027 ( USD Billion )
  2. Global Digital Scent Technology Market By Hardware Devices, From 2022 - 2027 ( USD Billion )
  3. Global E-Nose Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027 ( USD Billion )
  4. Global Scent Synthesizer Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027 ( USD Billion )
  5. Global Digital Scent Technology Market By End-User, From 2022 - 2027 ( USD Billion )
  6. Global Marketing Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027 ( USD Billion )
  7. Global Food & Beverage Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027 ( USD Billion )
  8. Global Entertainment Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027 ( USD Billion )
  9. Global Education Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027 ( USD Billion )
  10. Global Healthcare Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027 ( USD Billion )
  11. Global Communication Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027 ( USD Billion )
  12. Global Military & Defense Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027 ( USD Billion )
  13. Global Digital Scent Technology Market By Application, From 2022 - 2027 ( USD Billion )
  14. Global Mobile Phones Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027 ( USD Billion )
  15. Global Music and Video Games Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027 ( USD Billion )
  16. Global Quality Control Products Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027 ( USD Billion )
  17. Global Odor Screens Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027 ( USD Billion )
  18. Global Medical Diagnostic Products Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027 ( USD Billion )

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