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Saturday 10 December 2016

Feast your eyes, ears and nose on these sensational stamps

Pic shows, Tamzin Kelly (9), Stefan Perju (9), Tia Fitzgerald (10), Aliyah Flood(10), Mary Stokes(10) and Aliyah Flood(10) pupils of Central Model Primary School in Marlborough Street, Dublin 1at the launch of An Post's Five Senses stamps.
Pic shows, Tamzin Kelly (9), Stefan Perju (9), Tia Fitzgerald (10), Aliyah Flood(10), Mary Stokes(10) and Aliyah Flood(10) pupils of Central Model Primary School in Marlborough Street, Dublin 1at the launch of An Post's Five Senses stamps.

fANCY an experience that will tingle the senses? Then look no further than your local post office.

An Post have launched a new line of sensational postage stamps that taste, smell and sound like no other.

Each of the stamps uses special technology to interact with the five senses.

The 70c taste stamp has strawberry-flavoured adhesive gum.

A €1.05 touch stamp features thermochromic ink which changes colour when touched.

An 'eye' graphic on an otherwise transparent €1.25 stamp represents sight, while a € 1.70 hearing stamp features an ear illustration containing embedded particles which produce a sound when rubbed.

Finally, why not leave your letters smelling minty fresh, thanks to the sweetly scented smell stamp?

Different

An Post head of communications Anna McHugh said that the company released 40 new stamp designs every year, including commemorative or seasonal stamps, but this year they decided to do something a little different. "It was a bit of fun," she told the Herald.

"It was a challenge but we were really interested to see what we could do with new technology and how far we could push it."

As well as interacting with the senses, each stamp can also be scanned with the CEE app on a smartphone which leads to an augmented reality video about the five senses stamps.

An Post believes the stamps will become a definite collectors' item, but are also for "people who just want their mail to stand out".

Designed by Dublin company Zinc Design, the stamps are available at main post offices nationwide and online at irishstamps.ie.

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