Want to offer clients a print design offering that can't be replicated online? Well, Sony might be offering a device in the future that'll allow to print smells onto postcards and other media.

This smell-imprinting printer is just in a concept stage right now, but it already won the "most fun" award in the Sony Student Design Workshop 2012, as reported by Wired UK. Li Jingxuan, a Chinese student from the Fashion and Art Design Institute of Donghua University, thought of the device to catalogue the smells of the tasty food she encounters during trips.

In concept, it works by using an aroma sensor at the top of the device to sample the aroma and simulate the smell with different mixtures of aroma inks. A Japanese lab has been toying around with printing smells for a couple of years now, so this little could become a reality in the near future.

Anything with a strong smell can be recorded and printed onto paper; flowers, perfumes, cosmetics or basically anything that emits a strong enough odour. So while now you can help sell a client's brand – soon you may be able to help consumers smell it too.